Penn State adds Illinois lineman to 2018 class

The run on offensive linemen apparently has begun.

After securing commitments from a pair of players along the front line hours before kickoff of the Blue-White Game a couple of weeks ago, Penn State added another on Saturday afternoon when Illinois’ tackle Bryce Effner decided to enter the fold.

“I couldn’t be more excited with what (is) to come and with 100% certainty I can say I have committed to play football and further my academics at Penn State,” Effner posted on his Twitter page.

The 6-foot-7, 275 pound Effner, a three-star prospect from Metea Valley in Aurora, was considered likely to commit on Blue-White weekend, but his trip was cancelled. His status seemed uncertain when the Lions got pledges from Nana Asiedu and A.J. Reed instead, but he now is the 13th member of the Lions’ 2018 class.

Maryland, Minnesota, Syracuse, Duke, Kansas State and Kansas were his other top offers.

“(Penn State) was always the obvious choice for me, and I was comfortable with it, so why not go for it?” Effner told BlueWhite Illustrated’s Ryan Snyder. “I always knew Penn State was the school.”

The Lions are expected to sign 23-25 players in this class.


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