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Where Do Penn State Football’s Signees Place in Outlet’s Final ‘24 Rankings?

James Franklin and Penn State take on Ohio State in a top ten matchup.

The final On3Sports rankings are in for Penn State football’s 2024 recruiting class. Here’s where the top players ranked.

COOPER COUSINS

Cousins is Penn State’s lone five-star signee in On3’s rankings, and he’s taken quite a leap. In the last batch of rankings, Cousins was the 110th-ranked player in the country. Now, he’s No. 27 and a five-star.

On3’s Keegan Pope describes Cousins as a “big, physical offensive lineman with the skills and potential versatility to be a game-changer along the interior.”

“Measured in at north of 6-foot-6 and around 305 pounds prior to his senior season,” Pope wrote. “Has solid length for an interior offensive lineman with arms over 33 inches. Has a rock solid build without much bad weight. Has seen significant action as a high school center and enters college with advanced skills for the position. A weapon in the run game. Overwhelms smaller defensive linemen at the point of attack. Has good bend and flexibility that he uses to get underneath defenders.”

JON MITCHELL

Mitchell, a four-star DB from Jacksonville, is Penn State’s second-highest-rated signee according to On3. He’s the 62nd-ranked player in the country. In a scouting report, 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins described the 6-foot, 177-pounder as “a larger cornerback prospect that can go get the football.”

“Tested in the upper percentile spring before senior season, posting the highest vertical jump at a camp loaded with talent down in South Florida,” Ivins wrote. “Also clocked the eighth-fastest 40-yard dash that day, which isn’t surprising given 10th grade track times. Has experience working in both man and off-man coverage. Rather fluid in reverse and has a good understanding of how to establish inside leverage out on the perimeter. Will fight his way through blocks to make a stop in run support and has shown multiple times on tape that he will get across the field to hawk down a ball carrier.”

 

LUKE REYNOLDS

Reynolds is arguably Penn State’s most compelling recruiting story of this cycle. When he committed to Penn State last March, he was the 913th ranked player in the country. Now, 247Sports has him as a five-star. On3 has him as a four-star and the No. 74 overall player in the country.

GARRET SEXTON

Penn State’s two highest-rated signees from the ‘23 Class were offensive lineman. Although that wasn’t quite the case for this cycle, Penn State has two OL in its top four according to On3. Sexton, a four-star recruit, comes in at No. 76. In a scouting report, 247Sports’ Allen Trieu described 6-foot-7, 265-pound Sexton as a “high-potential prospect who was a 6-foot-5, 195-pound quarterback as a sophomore.

“Has put on size and weight quickly and retained his flexibility and movement skills,” Trieu wrote. “Has taken more to the physical side of the game and gotten more dominant as a run blocker as a senior. Shows he can get good pad level at his height. Has gotten more consistent with that. Pass set continues to come along. Was initially viewed as high ceiling but developmental, but jump between junior and senior year suggests he may be able to see the field earlier than expected. Still polishing some rough edges, but trajectory is heading up quickly. Should be a Power Five starter and has the markers of a typical NFL Draft choice at the position.”

MYLACHI WILLIAMS

Williams ranks outside the top 100 at No. 111. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is an in-state product from Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill. Penn State’s had success at the defensive end position over the past five years, with players such as Chop Robinson, Adisa Isaac and Arnold Ebiketie becoming stars. Could Williams be next in line?

In it’s scouting report, 247 wrote that Williams “possesses plenty of long-term potential as a speed-oriented pass rusher who could also possibly wind up playing off the ball as a more traditional linebacker.”

ETHAN GRUNKEMEYER

“The Grunk” is Penn State’s lone QB signee of the 2024 cycle. On3 has him ranked No. 117. In his senior season at Ohio’s Olentangy High School, Grunkemeyer threw for 3,517 yards, 39 touchdowns and nine interceptions, completing more than 66 percent of his passes. According to MaxPreps, Grunkemeyer threw for the seventh-most yards in Ohio. He also led Olentangy to an 11-2 record and berth in the regional semifinals. Trieu described Grunkemeyer as a “very productive high school player 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,” Trieu wrote. “Solid athlete who can escape pressure and shows a sense for making plays with initial reads aren’t there. Can run with it if he needs to. Shows some anticipation and ability to throw guys open. Has to keep filling in his frame and getting physically stronger. Smart, polished passer who looks like a future Power Five starter.”

LIAM ANDREWS

Among Penn State’s ‘24 signees, Andrews has one of the most interesting stories. On3 has him ranked No. 117. Offensive line coach Phil Trautwein would have been happy to have the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder as an OL, but Andrews decided to comm to playing defense in college before his senior season at the Dexter School in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Franklin talked about Andrew’s versatility in his post-signing day presser.

“I think, at the end of the day, we are going to let the kids play the position they want to play,” Franklin said. “But, when we evaluated him, and Deion (Barnes) evaluated him, we were very excited about his future as a defensive tackle, specifically as an inside guy. His ability to bend, change direction, his competitiveness; and he’s going to be a big guy.

“You know, Coach Trautwein was heartbroken, but then also involved in the process of saying, hey, we still want you here, and kind of stepped away. And Deion took over at that point, as well as the rest of the defensive coaches and myself.

QUINTON MARTIN

Martin is Penn State’s top-rated in-state signee from this cycle. The Pride of Belle Vernon is ranked No. 145 by On3, a four-star signee. Martin, a two-time state champ, plans on playing running back, but also has plenty of experience at receiver, defensive back and the return game.

For Martin’s high school defensive coordinator, Brett Berish, Martin’s attitude is also top-notch.

“He’s such an unselfish kid,” Berish said, “and that’s one thing people need to understand the most. He’s a team-first guy, and he’s going to do great things at Penn State.”

VABOUE TOURE

Toure’s ranked No. 275 by On3. 247’a Brian Dohn wrote that Toure “shows an ability to run and being a hard-hitting safety who is not afraid to deliver in a big hit when coming down hill in the run game.

”Is a fixture and calming influence in Irvington’s secondary and a reliable tackler who finished his junior season with 89 tackles and showed ball-hawking skills with interceptions in the last four games of his junior season,” Dohn wrote. “Has verified size. Demonstrates an ability to open his hips to turn and run. During in-person evals, demonstrates the speed to cover outside of the numbers on balls thrown down the field. Tracks the ball well and times arrival well. Understands how to fill run gaps and he is willing to lower his shoulder and play physical. Angles taken in the run game are correct and he is quick to get to the edge. Is a strong tackler in space and often makes the play in 1-on-1 situations in the run game. Sometimes

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