Today, as the early National Letter of Intent signing day period kicks off, most — if not all — of the newest members of the Penn State recruiting class will sign on the dotted line, accepting a scholarship to play football for the Nittany Lions. For every player who does sign, I’ll be here to provide an in-depth scouting report. Here is my report on offensive lineman Landon Tengwall.
School: Good Counsel (Olney, MD)
Projected position: Offensive tackle
Rating: Four stars by Rivals.com, 247sports and ESPN
Other Power 5 offers: Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Projection: Tengwall is easily the best prospect Penn State has landed in the 2021 recruiting class. At the absolute worst, he’s a guard who has the skills to develop into a starter for two or three seasons. But, Penn State certainly is look at him as a potential left tackle of the future, and he’s as good a prospect as this staff has landed at that spot in a good while. He has quick feet and, while raw in pass protection, shows plenty of technique and skill in getting to the right spot and preventing rushers from turning the corner. He has a strong lower half, and once he gets stronger, he’s going to be a force in the running game. He has great leg drive already, and maybe more than anything else, he’s tenacious. He shows leadership tendencies and has a legitimate shot at being a team captain someday. Tengwall will enroll in January and give himself a good shot to get as much playing time as he can in 2021, even on a line that has plenty of experience potentially returning. He’ll be in the mix for a starting job, for sure, by 2022.
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