Offensive guard Brendan Mahon was a consensus 4-star recruit coming out of high school in Randolph, New Jersey. He was ranked 215th among all recruits in the ESPN 300. 247 Sports ranked him as the 12th best guard in the class, while Rivals had him as the third-best at his position. Mahon already has great size for a lineman, coming in at 6’5” and weighing over 300 pounds. He played both guard and tackle in high school, but his ability to run block means he will settle into a guard position at the collegiate level.
Penn State wasn’t the only school to realize Mahon’s potential and value as a top offensive lineman. He received offers from several top schools such as Michigan, Miami and Florida. However, when it was all said and done, Mahon decided in March to join the Nittany Lions.
Watching tape of Mahon reveals an athletic ability that’s remarkable for a player of his size. He will fit in well with the Nittany Lions, and while his chance to start will likely be limited by an already experienced line, Mahon should see some playing time as a true freshman.
When looking at and discussing recruiting classes, casual fans usually only get excited about the skill position guys. Linemen are often overlooked because they don’t receive as much attention as the other positions. However, the reality is that an effective offense starts with a solid base up front. While there’s little publicity given to the linemen, they are the ones doing the dirty work and helping the offense to be successful. Mahon has a bright future at Penn State and could end up being one of the best recruits of the class.
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