5. OC/QB Coach Mike Yurcich
Mike Yurcich has only been with Penn State for 18 months, but he’s already brought in two big-time quarterback prospects.
Only a few weeks after becoming the offensive coordinator at Penn State, Yurcich extended an offer to Drew Allar. At the time, Allar didn’t have many big offers and didn’t have a high rating.
That all changed after Penn State offered as Allar’s ranking increased and he started to receive more interests from other schools. The school that emerged as the biggest threat was Notre Dame.
Despite Notre Dame’s best efforts, Yurcich held them off and landed Allar’s commitment less than two months after offering him. Allar finished the 2022 cycle as 247 Sports’s No. 1 quarterback and is currently enrolled at Penn State.
A year later, the same situation occurred.
Yurcich identified an unranked quarterback prospect from Florida, Marcus Stokes, as a special talent. Penn State became Stokes’ first major offer, and the Nittany Lions worked to secure his commitment before others got involved.
Stokes is now rated as a top 10 quarterback by 247 Sports and is the quarterback in Penn State’s 2023 class.
Penn State struggled to recruit quarterbacks in recent years, that has changed under Yurcich.
Yurcich’s eye for talent is impressive and has helped Penn State win these battles. He’s making sure Penn State is the first big relationship these guys have with a program, and it’s paying off big time.