Penn State football signed another top 15 recruiting class back in December.
Penn State Football has recently become famous for its elite tight end play, and that is expected to continue in the coming years.
The Nittany Lions signed two tight ends in the 2023 cycle. They were Joey Schlaffer and Andrew Rappleyea.
Schlaffer is from Pennsylvania and was seen as a Penn State lock throughout his recruitment. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Schlaffer was a star for Exeter Township High School over the past few years.
The story was a bit different for Rappleyea, who is from Massachusetts. He was originally committed to Michigan but flipped him commitment to the Nittany Lions back in April of 2022. The Nittany Lions used fellow Massachusetts native Pat Freiermuth as ah huge selling point with Rappleyea.
Both tight ends signed with the rest of Penn State’s 2023 class back in December.
As the 2023 cycle begins to wind down, recruiting services have started to release their final rankings for players in the 2023 class.
Both of Penn State’s tight end signees found themselves inside the top ten tight end rankings for On3. Rappleyea is ranked No. 2 among tight ends while Schlaffer is ninth.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see the Nittany Lions sign two 4-star tight ends in a recruiting class. Since Mike Gesicki’s emergence during the 2016 season, Penn State has become a destination school for high-level tight end recruits.
Since the 2016 season, Penn State Football has signed seven 4-star tight ends.
In all, the Nittany Lions signed 22 recruits during the early signing period of the 2023 recruiting cycle. The class currently ranks No. 14 in the national rankings. While the cycle is coming to an end, Penn State is trying to finish on a high note by landing 4-star offensive tackle Chimdy Onoh, who is the top remaining target.