The early signing period for football prospects in the Class of 2020 is upon us, and Penn State is expected to bring in a larger-than-usual class throughout the day. On the Penn State blog today, I’ll be breaking down each of the signees. Here is my scouting report on a one-time quarterback commit at Virginia Tech, tight end Tyler Warren.
School: Atlee HS (Va.)
Projected position: Tight end
Rating: Four stars by ESPN; Three stars by Rivals.com and 247sports
Other offers: Louisville, Michigan, South Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech.
Projection: Warren was actually committed to Virginia Tech as a quarterback for more than eight months before decommitting in May, and it says something about him that he’s a good enough all-around athlete to have landed offers from big-time programs as a quarterback. Penn State is bringing him on board as a tight end, and at that position, he’s moldable clay. He has 4.7 speed in the 40 and was a pretty good runner in open space as a quarterback. He even played a little bit of receiver in high school and seemed to be able to high-point the 50-50 throw and make some difficult catches underneath. He’s pushing 6-foot-6 and is a huge target. As a blocker…who knows? He’ll have to learn that skill from the fundamentals on up at Penn State, and how quickly Warren does that will determine how soon he competes for playing time.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT