Ethan Grunkemeyer, a three-star Class of 2024 QB from Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio, has committed to Penn State, he tweeted early Saturday afternoon.
100% committed!! Happy Valley, I’m home📍#WeAre🦁 @coachjfranklin @Coach_Yurcich @DannyOBrienQB pic.twitter.com/kNAk28JQ4l
— Ethan Grunkemeyer (@e_grunkemeyer) May 20, 2023
The 6-foot-2.5, 190-pounder is the first QB to commit in Penn State’s 2024 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.
Penn State has three-star Jaxon Smolik (Des Moines, Iowa) signed to its ‘23 Class.
In the ‘22 Class, former five-star Drew Allar (Medina, Ohio) is expected to take the reigns this season, and former three-star Beau Pribula (York, Pennsylvania) is expected to back him up. This was a relatively quick commitment process. Penn State offered Grunkemeyer late last month. He also had offers from schools such as Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern and Virginia.
Within 24 hours of 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.
Penn State now has 14 players committed in its ‘24 Class that ranks sixth nationally according to 247.