Quarterback Ethan Grunkemeyer committed to Penn State on Saturday while in town to compete in the Elite 11 Regional camp at State College Area High School. Here’s what you need to know:
- The 2024 prospect from Olentangy High in Lewis Center, Ohio, is one of the fastest rising quarterbacks in this cycle.
- Grunkemeyer is a three-star prospect ranked No. 575 in total and No. 37 among quarterbacks in the 247Sports Composite.
- Grunkemeyer grew up an Ohio State fan and was in attendance with his family at Beaver Stadium in 2016 when the Nittany Lions upset the Buckeyes. Ohio State, however, has not shown any interest in pursuing him.
— Ethan Grunkemeyer (@e_grunkemeyer) May 20, 2023
Is Penn State done at QB?
Penn State extended a scholarship offer to another under-the-radar Class of 2024 quarterback this week. Miles O’Neill, who played at the Hun School in Princeton, NJ, went undrafted but also had offers from Virginia, Texas A&M, Boston College and Michigan State among others.
At that point, Penn State should feel strong about where it stands with Grunkemeyer, who has made it clear that he is impressed with Penn State and wants to wrap up his recruitment before the summer. So the offer to O’Neill, who is 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, probably means the Nittany Lions are open to taking both quarterbacks this cycle. O’Neill will also be in town this weekend for the Elite 11 Regional camp.
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What needs remain?
Penn State’s 2024 class now includes 14 commitments. It’s heavy on the offensive linemen and headlined by running back Quinton Martin, Pennsylvania’s top-ranked player. The Lions have been on a nice run with defensive back commitments early in this cycle, but the obvious need is on the defensive line. At some point there has to be more D-linemen coming on board, and that will be more focused over the next month as official visits begin.
What they say
“The key for him is that he has a tight end, Gavin Grover, who has committed to Cincinnati. A lot of college coaches came in to see Gavin, so Ethan got a ton of opportunities in February and March of the contact periods to throw in front of the coaches. Everybody says, ‘Damn, I’m going to tell the quarterback coach about you.’ Having him get a chance to throw in front of people is what opened the door. All of a sudden the offers started coming in every week, and they were from Group of 5 schools to Power 5 schools. Now, I think he’s the hottest 2024 quarterback prospect in the country, or at least one of them. – Brad Maendler, who coached Grunkemeyer on QB Excelerate.
Grunkemeyer picked up a scholarship offer from Penn State on April 20 after offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich watched him throw in high school.
Northwestern was the first Power 5 school to offer, on April 2, and has since been joined by Virginia, Cincinnati, Indiana and Minnesota. Clemson has also shown interest, and new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley visited Grunkemeyer earlier this month.
(Photo courtesy of Olentangy High)