Penn State QB target Michael Van Buren has committed to Oregon, he announced Saturday.
🚨BREAKING🚨 4-star QB Michael Van Buren has committed to Oregon🦆
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Van Buren, a Class of 2024 four-star from Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy, had Penn State in his top three, along with Maryland and Oregon.
This announcement doesn’t come as a surprise. All seven of 247Sports’ Crystal Ball projections forecasted the 5-foot-11.5, 185-pounder to Oregon.
Van Buren’s announcement came hours after news broke that another ’24 QB, Ethan Grunkemeyer, had committed to Penn State. Grunkemeyer (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) is a three-star from Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. Penn State offered him exactly a month before he announced his commitment.
Within 24 hours before his commitment, Penn State became the clear front runner in the public eye. On Friday, two 247Sports Crystal Ball projects came in, forecasting Grunkemeyer to Penn State. One of those came from National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn, and the other one came from Steve Wiltfong, Director of Football Recruiting for the website.
Van Buran told NSN in January that his relationship with Penn State was “very strong.”
“They make sure to keep in contact with me very often,” he said, “and Penn State is a school I’ve pretty much been in contact with since my recruitment started. Every time I’ve been on campus they have shown a lot of love.”
Van Buren is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 6 junior quarterback. He’s also one of the Top 60 overall ‘24s in the country. Along with Penn State, Van Buren held offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Maryland, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Alabama, Michigan, Ole Miss, Pitt, NC State, Rutgers, Missouri, Boston College and Arizona.
Michael Van Buren was going to take an official visit to Penn State June 16.
Penn State now has 14 players committed in its ‘24 Class that ranks sixth nationally according to 247.