Penn State made a concentrated effort to beef things up on the offensive line in the Class of 2023. After locking down commitments from three four-star linemen in the early signing period, the Nittany Lions capped the recruiting class with one more four-star player for the offensive line on the traditional national signing day this week with the addition of Chimdy Onoh. As the recruiting classes around the country settle as it looks like Penn State's class is now complete barring any potential transfer portal adjustments moving forward, the effort made with the offensive line is being recognized in the recruiting roundup summaries.
247Sports took a look at a number of the recruiting classes that best improved their school's rosters, with the idea that not every recruiting class needed to attack the same positions in order to improve the roster. For instance, Penn State got the help it needed at some skill positions in the Class of 2022 with players like running backs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen and quarterback Drew Allar, so the focus on those positions in 2023 was not nearly as pressing. Instead, Penn State worked on the offensive line that will allow those players to continue to shine in 2023 and beyond.
Penn State's offensive line was the key area of improvement highlighted by 247Sports, and it is understandable why. With Olu Fashanu deciding to return next season, along with Hunter Nourzad and Caedan Wallace, the Nittany Lions have the look of a solid offensive line going into the 2023 season, but the Class of 2023 will help keep things stabilized for big offensive line play after the 2023 season.
Here's what 247Sports had to say about Penn State's offensive line focus in the Class of 2023;
The 247Sports summary goes on to highlight the idea that the new additions to the offensive line will not feel the pressure of being thrown into the mix right away. The returning linemen for Penn State will allow the Class of 2023 signees to take some time to develop and being fully prepared for their roles on the line, but knowing that any one of them could step in early if needed is a luxury as well.
Penn State signed the top-rated player in Pennsylvania with J'ven Williams at offensive tackle, the top-rated player in Virginia with Alex Birchmeier, and another top 10 player from Virginia with Anthony Donkoh in the early signing period. Onoh joined the class this week on the traditional signing day.
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