In recruiting news, Penn State football Class of 2024 QB commit Ethan Grunkemeyer has been invited to this summer’s Elite 11 finals.
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Grunkemeyer had a strong showing an Sunday’s Elite 11 regional located in, coincidentally, State College.
Elite 11 president Brian Stumpf said Grunkemeyer was the eight QB to receive an invite thus far. There are 20 total slots. He was the only one to receive an invite amongst the QB’s that performed Sunday
The Elite 11 Finals are a premier high school quarterback showcase.
Last summer, Jaxon Smolik played well enough to be named one of the Elite 11 at the end of the showcase.
Smolik had been committed to Tulane, but his performance there boosted his stock and helped him get offered by Penn State. Smolik ended up de-committing from Tulane, committing to Penn State in August and singing in December.
Grunkemeyer’s already committed to Penn State, having announced the decision early Saturday afternoon, the day before the State College showcase.
The 6-foot-2.5, 190-pounder is the first QB to commit in the Penn State football 2024 recruiting Class. Grunkemeyer is the No. 37 quarterback nationally, the No. 20 player in Ohio and the No. 575 overall player according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu compared Grunkemeyer to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Taylor Heineke.
“Very productive high school player,” Treiu wrote, “who has posted good numbers, completed a good percentage of his passes, and taken care of the ball. Throws with some snap and ball comes out of his hand with good spin and velocity. Solid athlete who can escape pressure and shows a sense for making plays with initial reads aren’t there. Can run with if it me needs to. Shows some anticipation and ability to throw (to) guys open.
The Elite 11 finals are scheduled to take place June 14-16 in Renoldo Beach, California.