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Penn State Football Extends Offer To 4-Star TE Evan Jacobson

Evan Jacobson
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The recruiting map for Penn State football recruiting spans the country as evidenced by the states in which they’re able to land recruit from.

In the Class of 2025, the Nittany Lions have commitments from players from California and Arizona. Jumping ahead to the 2026, highly ranked 4-star quarterback Troy Huhn from San Marcos, California, has already given a commitment to Penn State.

On Friday, the Penn State coaching staff extended an offer to a talented player from an interesting state.

2026 4-star tight end Evan Jacobson talked to Nittany Sports Now after receiving word from tight end coach Ty Howie that his latest offer was from Penn State.

Jacobson is from Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa and is rated by 247 Sports as one of the Top 10 tight end prospects in the Class of 2026. The 6’7″, 220-pounder is also a skilled basketball player, having averaged 13.2 points and 9.7 rebounds as a sophomore.

“I’ve talked to Coach Howie a few times now and we got on the phone today and after talking for a little bit, he told me that I fit everything that they do at Penn State tight end wise,” said Jacobson. “He told me that he really like my game, what I do and offered me a scholarship right then. I was super honored and super excited to have received an offer from Penn State. That’s definitely a big one for me.”

“It surprised me that it came this soon, but I knew at some point that it was going to come because I know the caliber of player that I am and what I can do. The offer caught me a little off-guard, but I was super excited.”

Over the last few seasons, the Penn State program has done an outstanding job of recruiting and then developing tight ends that enter their program. Jacobson believes that if he were to eventually select Penn State, he’d fit right in.

“Being a Midwest kid, having that toughness, having that blue-collar work ethic and really my ability to do everything,” said Jacobson. “I can split out-wide, I can play in-line, my ability to block in space and on the line along with my ability to get out and make plays with my ball skills.”

Penn State joins a list of impressive programs that have already offered Jacobson. With offers from Purdue, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida State, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin, Jacobson is excited with the way his overall recruiting is trending.

“It’s a blessing for sure and All Glory to God. I’m super grateful for all of this but I’m still working and know that there’s still work to be done and areas for me to improve.”

“I’ve started to take some visits this June,” said Jacobson. “And trying to get the feel of some schools and get my initial feelings about them. I plan on setting up some gameday visits and really want to start building relationships with coaches and try to get to know what everyone is about and go from there. That’ll allow me to get a feel for what I like and what I don’t like.”

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