Staying in his home state, linebacker Tyler Elsdon chose Penn State over 25+ offers from FBS schools across the country.
A big get by frame and stature, linebacker Tyler Elsdon committed to Penn State last June and never wavered from his commitment despite several scholarship offers from schools across the nation. Elsdon held offers from every Ivy League school as well as Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Air Force, Army, Buffalo and Bowling Green, among others.
Elsdon enters the fold at linebacker as both Cam Brown and Jan Johnson’s departures leave the hole of over 1,000 snaps from a season ago. Brown recorded 72 total tackles while Johnson recorded 62 total tackles in 2019 and the need to get deeper at linebacker was apparent. He may not be the only linebacker in the 2020 recruiting cycle but Elsdon represents the only one who enrolled early this winter.
He checks in at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, playing the majority of his high school football at inside linebacker for North Schuylkill High School in Ashland, Pa. and as a throwback kind of player, according to head coach James Franklin. Elsdon also received a four-star bump from 247Sports during his senior season in high school.
Tyler Elsdon recorded 88 tackles including five sacks and three forced fumbles during his senior season and back-to-back championships for his team over the past two years. Franklin told 247Sports that he thought he got better each year:
“He’s a guy that earned it,” Franklin said. “Senior year film is tremendous. (He) came to camp going into his senior year, did a great job. He’s a lot more athletic than I think people realize. Put up great numbers for us in camp.”
Elsdon will have one of the better linebackers, if not the best linebacker in the country, in Micah Parsons to look up to during his first year on campus, something that certainly will continually help his development. He gets the advantage of being the only linebacker of this class to enrol early as he’ll be joined by five-star prospect Curtis Jacobs and Zuriah Fisher this summer.
As a throwback player, we can’t wait to watch Elsdon bring the boom from the linebacker position.