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Any offensive line updates? — Will Moseley, via Facebook
You may have heard that it was a busy weekend at Beaver Stadium. Penn State welcomed more than 160 prospects to campus on Saturday for its Blue-White Game, according to James Franklin, and sent one of them home as a member of the 2019 Nittany Lions recruiting class.
Caedan Wallace, considered a top-five guard and top-100 overall recruit in 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, sounded like a Penn State lean when we spoke at The Opening’s Northeast regional camp earlier this month. He elected to conclude a widespread recruitment Saturday, providing Franklin with his verbal pledge.
His commitment continues the Nittany Lions’ strong recruiting run in New Jersey and adds to a growing stockpile of young, talented offensive linemen heading to Happy Valley.
I’ll allow Ronny Torres, who coaches players at the position on The Opening’s national circuit, to explain why Wallace carries more than 30 scholarship offers as a junior.
“He just dominated camp,” Torres told Land of 10. “I made the comment to some of our O-line coaches that it was probably one of the best, if not the top performance, we’ve seen all year. In terms of 1-on-1s, some of the movement drills we had, the guy is a really good athlete.”
Will, who asked his question during our weekly Penn State football recruiting show on Facebook Live (8 p.m. Wednesdays here), should be pleased to know the Nittany Lions are on quite a roll when it comes to collecting highly regarded enforcers in the trenches.
Penn State signed a pair of top-10 tackle prospects (Nana Asiedu and Rasheed Walker) in its 2018 class, and both standouts enroll this summer. Ohio State was the only other program in college football to accomplish this feat.
The Nittany Lions also landed a top-five center last cycle in Fredrick “Juice” Scruggs. Penn State’s 2018 offensive line class is rounded out by Bryce Effner, whose potential to play outside or inside is valued by the staff.
Franklin repeatedly has discussed the importance of Penn State developing high-level depth along the offensive front. This requires a collection of linemen that features experience, high potential and flexibility to shift into various roles.
A look at Land of 10’s projected post-spring practice depth chart provides a peek at what shapes up to be the most impressive two-deep Penn State has assembled up front during the Franklin era. The Nittany Lions return four starters — five if you count the games tackle Will Fries logged during the second half of last season — and Michal Menet, the nation’s top-ranked guard recruit in 2016, leads the chase to fill a vacant guard spot.
Reserves would include five linemen who were considered top-10 overall recruits at their respective positions coming out of high school and carry four years of eligibility: Asiedu, Scruggs, Walker and interior redshirt freshmen Michael Miranda and C.J. Thorpe.
Thinking long-term, Wallace will only be a piece of the puzzle. Penn State is in excellent shape with several other notable 2019 offensive line targets, including Jakai Moore, Xavier Truss and Saleem Wormley.
“The spring game had a great atmosphere,” Wormley said. “I met a lot of fans and recruits [and] Caedan is a great addition to Coach Franklin’s team.”
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