The Penn State football team has yet to land their 2024 quarterback commitment just yet. Recently, it felt like Michael Van Buren would be that player; however, after recent developments, Van Buren might be headed out west. As the Maryland product will visit Oregon two times in three weeks. To make those cross-the-country trips, you have to imagine Oregon is in a good position with Van Buren at this time.
Either way, it always felt that the Penn State football team wanted to possibly take two QBs in the 2024 cycle. There are many players on the 2024 big board, but keep an eye on Ethan Grunkemeyer a 3-star QB from Lewis Center, Ohio.
Below are his highlights, he throws a great deep ball, has good mobility, and has a strong arm to fit the ball into a tight window.
He was offered a scholarship to Penn State just a few days ago.
He’s got work to do as a 3-star prospect, part of that could be his size as he is listed at 6’2 190; however, the development card plays in his favor as his trainer is Brad Maendler. That name should sound familiar to the Penn State football community as Maendler is the current QB trainer of Drew Allar as well.
It appears his relationship with the coaching staff continues to grow and that they trust Maendler’s opinion of his students. Grunkemeyer holds offers from Minnesota, Northwestern, and Duke is certainly interested although they haven’t offered him quite yet.
Think Jaxon Smolik here, a player that is a little under the radar now but Penn State is starting this process early. The difference between Grunkemeyer and Smolik is Grunkemeyer is not committed anywhere just yet. So, Penn State doesn’t face the hurdle of trying to flip him from another school like they did last year.
This is a player that is training with the best of the best, now that he has the scholarship offer from Penn State you wonder if the coaching staff pursues him even more with Van Buren potentially on the move.