Lost in the excitement of Marcus Allen and Jared Wangler’s commitments to Penn State on Friday, was another little tidbit of news. That would be the staff’s scholarship offer to Pittsburgh Central Catholic QB, and Florida State commit JJ Cosentino. Following the departure of Steven Bench last month, it became a necessity for PSU to get a quarterback in this class to feel more comfortable with the depth at the position. Yes, there will be 3 run-on QBs on this fall’s roster, but even with just 65 scholarships available, it’s almost a requirement to have 3 quarterbacks on scholarship. So who does PSU really want?
Michael O’Connor from the IMG Academy in Florida has held an offer from PSU since early April, and was told at that point he was Penn State’s choice at quarterback. He is expected to make a decision in the next month or two, with the Lions very much in the picture, along with Michigan State and Vanderbilt. So is this recent offer to Cosentino a sign O’Connor may in fact be looking elsewhere? Or is it, as Ryan Snyder of BWI theorized on Twitter over the weekend, a move to put pressure on O’Connor to make a decision.
Under Joe Paterno, PSU would almost notoriously put all their eggs in one basket at QB (remember that Chad Henne guy?). That worked out great if you got your target. But if you didn’t, then you were left scrambling. When Jake Waters opted for Kansas State last December, which was apparently a mild surprise to the PSU staff, they already had their backup plan in place, with Tyler Ferguson coming on board almost within hours, it seemed.
As connected as Ryan is in the recruiting world, I wouldn’t bet against this Cosentino offer being a strategical decision related to O’Connor, but it’s also not a bad “Plan B” if needed.
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