Penn State lands pair of big offensive tackles

(Wilkes-Barre) Times-Tribune (TNS)

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State’s stretch without an offensive lineman in the 2018 recruiting class lasted about 24 hours.

Wyoming Valley West’s Chris Bleich publicly announced he was reopening his recruitment on Friday.

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Before kickoff of the Blue-White Game on Saturday, the Nittany Lions landed commitments from two other tackles in Virginia’s Nana Asiedu and Michigan’s Antwan Reed.

Both players made the trip to Happy Valley for the scrimmage on Saturday to pledge to coach James Franklin in person. Penn State now has 13 committed for the upcoming class.

Checking in at 6-foot-6, Asiedu is a four-star prospect who is rated as the country’s No. 9 tackle and the No. 82 recruit overall in 2018, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.

“Football has taken me places that I would’ve never imagined it would, and I’m truly grateful,” Asiedu wrote on Twitter. “I’m glad to say I finally came to a point where I can say I have made my decision.”

Asiedu gives Penn State six in the national top 100, joining DL Micah Parsons, QB Justin Fields, RB Ricky Slade, WR Justin Shorter and TE Zack Kuntz.

Hailing from North Stafford High School, Asiedu continues Penn State’s recruiting success in Virginia. The Lions landed four players from the state in the 2017 class — three of them were rated four stars — and they now have the No. 1 and No. 3 prospects on board for 2018 in Slade and Asiedu.

Reed, who goes by “A.J.”, measures in at nearly 6-foot-6, and is a three-star prospect as the No. 25 tackle prospect in the country, per the Composite.

Similar to Bleich, Reed had briefly left to enroll at IMG Academy in Florida before returning to Muskegon High School on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Penn State remains at No. 2 in the team recruiting rankings for 2018, behind only Miami.

Naturally, coaches can’t mention unsigned recruits by name, but they sure do enjoy referencing them on Twitter.

“It’s a GREAT day to be an O-Line coach at Penn State,” Matt Limegrover wrote.