Penn State recruiting target ‘loved the atmosphere’ at PSU; how to deploy Trace McSorley and Tommy Stevens, and more – PennLive.com

Today’s Penn State football┬ánews roundup features an update in the recruitment of four-star defensive tackle Tyler Friday and an intriguing case study for how the Lions could deploy quarterbacks Trace McSorley and Tommy Stevens.

Friday, a 6-3, 260-pound prospect from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, is giving Penn State a long look, according to Tyler Donohue from Land of 10. Not only did Friday say he “loved the atmosphere” in Happy Valley, he indicated to Donohue that he likes the competitiveness of some of the Lions’ 2018 commits.

Friday is the No. 46 player in the country in the ’18 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Mike Poorman of StateCollege.com defers to Princeton in finding creative ways to get two quarterbacks involved in an offense. McSorley is a returning starter who is getting early Heisman Trophy buzz for the Lions, but Stevens has gotten praise at every turn from coach James Franklin.

One of the quarterbacks on Princeton’s roster, Chad Kanoff, verbally committed to Franklin at Vanderbilt before he took the Penn State job, Poorman writes. Kanoff completed 168 of 272 passes for 1,741 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions last season. Fellow passer John Lovett was used more creatively, throwing for 582 yards and 10 touchdowns to go with 411 rushing yards, 235 receiving yards and 21 combined rushing and receiving scores.

Poorman has more on that dynamic, plus a name to watch on the coaching front, should offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead move on.

In other Penn State football news, Saquon Barkley goes No. 2 overall in another 2018 NFL mock draft. Penn State is No. 5 in a composite of six preseason top-25 rankings, and keeping 2018 quarterback commit Justin Fields happy is Job One for the Lions.

PennLive’s Bob Flounders, Greg Pickel and Dustin Hockensmith also talk Penn State football on the Keystone Sports Network. Check out audio from their latest podcast below.

Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup:

Penn State recruiting: Top-ranked NJ recruit Tyler Friday names Lions among Big Ten contenders: Donohue [Land of 10]

Here’s how Joe Moorhead can deploy McSorley and Stevens in the same backfield: Poorman [StateCollege.com]

2018 NFL mock draft: Saquon Barkley goes No. 2 overall to 49ers: Brugler [CBS Sports]

We’re not ready for this: Penn State and the 2018 NFL Draft: Fritz [Roar Lions Roar]

Penn State No. 5 in composite of 6 preseason top-25 national rankings: Bender [Sporting News]

4-star LB Simon says Penn State “likes me, [and] I like them” with Michigan, others also in play: Pickel [PennLive]

Big Ten football 2017 returning starters analysis: Lassan [Athlon Sports]

After 3 visits to Penn State, 4-star Nyquee Hawkins explains what he likes about the Lions: Pickel [PennLive]

Penn State throwback: LaVar Arrington put forth iconic career for Nittany Lions: Hopkins [PennLive]

Penn State recruiting: Keeping Fields happy is Job One: Gross [Lancaster Online]

Trace McSorley’s home run mentality makes Penn State tough out: Wieder [Victory Bell Rings]

Could TE Jonathan Holland be a breakout player in 2017?: Leonard Jr. [Victory Bell Rings]

2018 NFL Draft: Penn State roster filled with potential pro prospects: Masisak [Land of 10]

For Penn State’s Chambers, an NCAA bid would be nice. But …: Brennan [Fight On State]

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