Penn State Football finds its 2023 QB in Marcus Stokes

Nease High School quarterback Marcus Stokes (St. Augustine Record)
Nease High School quarterback Marcus Stokes (St. Augustine Record) /

Penn State Football landed one of the premier quarterbacks for in 2023, Marcus Stokes, marking the second consecutive cycle a top passer picks the Nittany Lions

Four-star quarterback Marcus Stokes committed to Penn State Football Friday evening.

The Ponte Vedra Beach, FL native announced the decision on Twitter while he was on Penn State’s campus for a visit.

Stokes had emerged as a serious target for Penn State after offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich extended an offer to him back in January. At the time, Stokes was unrated by the recruiting services and had an unimpressive offer sheet.

Now, Stokes is rated as the No. 10 quarterback in the country by 247 Sports and has picked up interest from numerous Power Five programs. This truly does feel like the Drew Allar recruitment all over again.

Stokes is listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds and is a legitimate dual threat quarterback. According to his 247 Sports profile, Stokes threw for 2,672 yards and 22 touchdowns last season while also rushing for 496 yards and six touchdowns.

He is the ninth commit in Penn State’s 2023 class, which now ranks fourth in the national rankings. Stokes will join one of the youngest and most talented quarterback rooms in the country in 2023 with former 4-stars Christian Veilleux and Beau Pribula and the aforementioned 5-star Allar expected to be the rest of the quarterback group after Sean Clifford departs following the 2022 season.

This will lead to healthy competition amongst the young signal callers and will ensure that the best guy does win the job.

Yurcich continues to look like a home run hire by James Franklin as he has totally revolutionized Penn State Football’s quarterback room and has turned the school into a destination spot for elite level quarterbacks.

Penn State’s 2023 class is now looking more and more like it will finish inside the top ten in the national rankings, giving Franklin the back-to-back top ten recruiting classes that he has long coveted during his tenure in Happy Valley.