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Penn State ‘24 Commit now a 5-Star

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Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

One of Penn State football’s Class of 2024 commitments is now a five-star recruit.

When tight end Luke Reynolds committed in late March, he was the 913th-ranked player in the country.

Now, he’s the No. 1 tight end in the country according to 247Sports and the No. 29 overall player.

Reynolds is listed at 6-foot-4.5 and 220 pounds.

He committed to Penn State in late March, a week after being offered. He also has offers from schools such as Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Pitt, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.

In a scouting report of Reynolds written by 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn, Reynolds is described as having “all the physical traits to be an outstanding college player and given his inexperience at the tight end position, there is a high ceiling and a lot of room for development.

After visiting Penn State days before his commitment and attending a practice, Reynolds told 247Sports that the “energy and intensity” even during a practice caught his eye.

“It made for a great, competitive environment,” Reynolds said. “(Tight ends) coach (Ty) Howle does a great job with his group and has a great relationship with each tight end.”

Reynolds was also impressed with Penn State’s facilities, telling 247 they were “beautiful.”

“They have a great setup and situation over there,” he said.

Penn State’s had a solid run of putting tight ends in the NFL over the past decade. Since James Franklin took over as head coach in 2014, Penn State’s put Mike Gesicki, Pat Freiermuth and, most recently, Brenton Strange in the NFL. Will Reynolds one day end up there, too? That remains to be seen. But right now, Reynolds’ rise  is one of, if not the most compelling story in Penn State recruiting.

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