Four-star quarterback Sean Clifford became Penn State’s first commitment of the 2017 football class after he gave his verbal pledge to the Nittany Lions on Monday morning.
It’s fitting that Clifford, who will be a junior at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, took the lead on the 2017 class, considering he’ll probably be the face of it.
He is now among a few Penn State quarterback recruits who could be poised to take over for current signal-caller Christian Hackenberg. So far, potential options also include current Nittany Lions Tommy Stevens and Trace McSorley, and 2016 recruit Jake Zembiec (who recently finished a stint at Nike’s Elite 11 camp).
Clifford’s film shows he’s sort of a hybrid between a dual-threat quarterback and a traditional pocket passer. His Hudl recruiting profile marks him at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, and his size doesn’t take away from his legs — his profile also says he runs a 4.60-second 40-yard dash. Not bad for a guy who just finished up his sophomore season.
His film shows he’s comfortable in the pocket but also shows no hesitation when pressured to run (sometimes he looks a little too eager to run, but again, it’s a highlight reel in which he’s trying to display his legs). His visible comfort with either is important when considering he still has two years of high school left.
Clifford’s current teammate, Matt Bockhorst, a four-star guard, has received an offer from Penn State as well.
Just received an offer from the Penn State University Nittany Lions! pic.twitter.com/EQtzDAvWax— Matt Bockhorst (@MattBockhorst) June 27, 2015