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Penn State Recruiting: ’25 Commit, Targets Ranked Highly in Outlet’s Latest Batch

Graphic by Penn State Athletics: Alex Tatsch

A Penn State Class of 2025 commit and a trio of targets all jumped into the top 50 in On3Sports’ latest rankings.

When Alex Tatsch committed to Penn State earlier this month, he was unranked.

Now, the four-star linebacker is at No. 52. Additionally, the On300 has him as the No. 3 overall linebacker in the country and the No. 2 overall player in Pennsylvania. 

Who does it have as the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania? It’s a guy who isn’t committed to PSU yet, but one that PSU is heavily in the MIX for

PENN STATE TARGET MATT ZOLLERS

The in-state product from Spring-Ford in Royersford is listed as one of On3’s “outliers.” Why? 

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Well, the next highest ranking he has among major recruiting outlets is 148, which 247Sports has him as. Regardless of where he’s ranked, Zollers is a player Penn State wants. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has PSU in his top four along with Georgia, Missouri and Pitt. PSU offered him this past November. Along with his top four, Zollers has offers from schools such as Boston College, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. According to 247Sports, Zollers ended this past season with 37 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He completed nearly 63 percent of his passes and threw for nearly 3,000 yards. Zollers also can run, gaining 420 yards on the ground and scoring seven touchdowns. For his career, Zollers has thrown 67 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

Penn State already has a ’25 QB commit in Bekkem Kritza, a three-star from Colorado. But it’s hard to imagine Penn State can’t make room for Zollers.

PENN STATE TARGET: TY JACKSON

Could “Linebacker U” add the No. 1 linebacker in the ’25 class? It’s worth keeping an eye on. Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder from Seminole Ridge High School in Loxahatchee, Florida, visited Penn State for one of its Junior Day events last month, and the school is the first on his official visit schedule (May 31-June 1) for this summer. In the latest On300, Jackson’s the 16th-ranked overall payer– right in front of Zollers– and the No. 2 player in Florida. Penn State already has a trio of linebackers committed to its ’25 class, but if Jackson wants to go to Penn State, it’s hard to imagine the school wouldn’t have him. 

 JADON BLAIR

Penn State’s done a solid job of churning out NFL-quality defensive backs in recent years. Joey Porter Jr. was one of the league’s top rookies for the Steelers this season, Jaquan Brisker has already started 30 games for the Bears over two seasons, and you might have seen Ji’Ayir Brown’s interception during the Super Bowl earlier this month. Like Brown and Brisker, Blair is a safety and has been an excellent one at the high school level. The 6-foot-4.5, 185-pounder from Mount Tabor High School in Winston Salem, North Carolina, is the No. 2 safety in the country per On3, the No. 3 overall player in the state and the No. 43 player nationally. Like Jackson, Blair took an unofficial visit to Penn State last month and has an official visit scheduled for the summer, set for the weekend of June 21, and also has another unofficial set for March. 

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