Naquil Betrand, a three-star athlete out of Baltimore, Maryland, has cut his list of schools down to six, and Penn State and Penn State made the list.
— naquil betrand (@NBETRAND1) July 4, 2022
Penn State is in the mix along with Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Texas A & M for the commitment of the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Bertrand. Bertrand is the No. 16 player in Maryland and the No. 78 offensive tackle in his class according to 247 Sports Composite rankings. He committed to Colorado in March but reopened his commitment after his recruitment blew up.
Betrand played at Imhotep High School and Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in his first three years of high school but is transferring to St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland for his senior year.
Betrand is a lineman with the prototypical size to play at the college level even in high school. Betrand impresses on his tape with his footwork and quickness in the running game, being able to get to the second level easily in run blocking. In pass protection he shows incredible balance, has strong hands and keeps a good position to use his length against opposing pass rushers. Betrand is a sort of a late-blooming prospect with a lot of upside at the college level.
If Betrand were to commit to Penn State, he would join Alex Birchmeier, Anthony Donkoh, and J’Ven Williams in the offensive line room in the Class of 2023.