Penn State football recruiting: With top QB gone, who could Penn State target next?

Penn State was in the running for Bryce Underwood, but after the No. 1 QB in the 2025 class signed with LSU, James Franklin will need to set his sights on these other 2025 passers to fill the QB room in Happy Valley.

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. Malik Washington. QB. player. 491. Malik Washington. Malik Washington. . 3-star. Severn, MD

The 6-foot-4 200-pound three-star has easy arm strength and rarely throws off-platform, but he can if forced to. Washington does a good job getting his feet set to make throws but isn’t the most agile runner. However, once he does reach top speed with his long strides, he’s tough for anyone to catch. 

Despite his running ability and size to sustain some hits, Washington would rather operate from the pocket and he throws with pretty good anticipation, though his ball placement can be questionable. 

Both quarterbacks are three-stars, but Washington is a much more polished prospect and with his size, he’s much closer to being ready to play Power-Five football. Even if Kitza puts on the size he needs, I project Washington to have a higher ceiling because of his anticipation as a thrower. He’s capable of throwing receivers open, which is not a skill that every quarterback possesses.

If Penn State can’t get Zollers, they need to sign Washington, who included the Nittany Lions in his top six and is likely to commit in the Spring.

While Zollers’ arm strength pops on his tape, Washington’s anticipation and consistency with his feet are potentially more desirable traits. Zollers has a lot of moving parts when he throws a deep ball, but Washington has easy horsepower.

Both quarterbacks have a ton of potential, so the Nittany Lions will be in a good spot at the position, as long as they secure one of the two to go along with Kritza.

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