The future of Penn State football is in town this weekend.
At least four members of the Class of 2016 are, anyway, and their presence was first made known by the bright lights of Beaver Stadium shining over Happy Valley, despite the lack of football game this weekend.
Quarterback Jake Zembiec, offensive tackle Alex Gellerstedt, offensive guard/tackle Connor McGovern and tight end Danny Dalton are all on official visits in State College through Sunday, and were introduced at the Penn State men’s hockey game on Friday night.
Each member of the quartet will enroll at Penn State in January and, as of Friday night, have been confirmed by a representative of the Penn State football team to be in the paid-accept status of their financial aid package with the university. Penn State’s spring semester begins on Jan. 11.
Zembiec just finished a state-championship season as the quarterback of the Aquinas Institute in New York, during which he threw for 3,030 yards and 37 touchdowns, and ran for two more scores. He is ranked as the No. 1 player in New York and the No. 90 player in the country, according to Max Preps, and earned his state’s Gatorade Player of the Year honors.
Gellerstedt will come to Penn State from Dublin, Ohio, and is ranked as a three-star tackle by 247Sports. The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Gellerstedt recently earned All-Ohio honors for his final season at Dublin Coffman high school.
McGovern is a Pennsylvania native out of Lake-Lehman high school in Larksville. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman is a four-star prospect ranked third in the nation at center by 247 Sports. He also earned a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Dalton is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end from Marshfield High in Marshfield, Mass., who was recruited by former offensive coordinator John Donovan and defensive line coach Sean Spencer. He earned a spot in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and was named the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year. ESPN ranks him as the No. 14 tight end in the nation and the No. 1 player in his state.