Penn State football’s first official visit weekend of this summer ended with the program getting three new commitments to its 2024 Class.
One of them is Deryc Plazz.
Plazz is a three-star OL prospect out of Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
He committed to Penn State Sunday, June 4.
On the same day three-star EDGE Xavier Gillam (Columbia, Maryland) and four-star safety Dejuan Lane (Baltimore) announced their commitments. Plazz committed to Penn State over Alabama, Duke, Florida State, Miami and NC State among other ACC and SEC schools. He’s a versatile prospect capable of playing all five positions on the line. He has all the skills to succeed in the Power Five level.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder is the No. 110 player in Florida. He’s also the No. 75 Offensive tackle in the country, according to 247 Sports.
Recently, Nittany Sports Now caught up with Plazz to talk about his visit and subsequent commitment to Penn State.
Plazz told NSN that on his official visit to Penn State, he was not pressured to commit. Plazz made the decision on his own, but head coach James Franklin and offensive line coach Phil Trautwein needed to know that Plazz was sure Penn State was the place he wanted to be.
“Committing was all on me,” Plazz told NSN. “He (Franklin) and coach (Trautwien) was making sure I understood that once I commit there is no more official visits to any other school, and that’s whats I what I want to do. I know people think that that people pressured me on what I want to do but that that’s what I wanted to do.”
Plazz was a two-sport athlete for Andrew Jackson High School, playing basketball for three years.
Although he likes basketball, football is No. 1 for him, and he plans on coming in January 2024.
“I plan on enrolling early” Plazz emphatically said.
As with all players, there are things Plazz feels he can improve on over the next season.
“Getting bigger and stronger, but most importantly being a better leader for my teammates,” Plazz said. “I know as an offensive lineman I won’t get the shine, but my leadership will mean more to the team because what I do for the team that allows my teammates to get the shine.”
Plazz told NSN that he plans to come back to visit Penn State one more time this summer to hone his skills and build a better rapport with coTrautwein.
“I feel that he is the right coach to make me a better at the college level,” he said.