Lions get QB commit

A quarterback just north of 6-feet tall who is nimble on his feet and throws a really good slant or deep fade — sounds a lot like Trace McSorley, doesn’t it?

Yes, but it also would be an ideal description of New Jersey junior Taquon Roberson, who announced on Thursday that he was going to head to Penn State to try to become one of McSorley’s successors as Nittany Lions’ signal-caller in a couple of years.

Roberson went public with his commitment through a video he posted on Twitter that showed his highlights spliced together with some of McSorley’s. He is the second member of Penn State’s 2019 recruiting class, joining State College cornerback Keaton Ellis.

Roberson was one of 110 prospects that attended the Lions’ 42-13 win over Michigan as part of a record crowd at Beaver Stadium last Saturday. He actually gave the staff his pledge on Sunday and has asked the media not to pursue interviews with him until this weekend.

“I’ve been thinking about committing, but this visit really made me pull the trigger,” Roberson told Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. “I know it was the ‘White Out,’ the best time of the year for Penn State football, but the atmosphere was just amazing. It was like no other. Everyone was part of the football team. The fans are like a 12th man. It was just crazy.”

On Thursday, Roberson announced a final five of Penn State, Rutgers, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and North Carolina, although he’d already committed to the Lions.

A three-star recruit, the 6-foot-1, 187-pound Roberson has been putting up big numbers this fall at 5-2 DePaul Catholic in Wayne, N.J., completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 1,616 yards and 18 touchdowns while running for 340 yards and four more scores. He’s only been picked off four times.

In the last two games, Roberson has thrown for 681 yards and nine scores.

Roberson practiced before the Penn State coaches twice over the summer according to Lions247’s Sean Fitz, making the Lions comfortable with making the scholarship offer.

“We have a really good relationship,” Roberson said. “Every time I visit them, we go film, we talk about how the offense is very similar to our offense, and how Trace McSorley is very similar to me, and how I would be a perfect fit in the offense.”

Penn State isn’t expected to have a full complement of 25 scholarships to offer for 2019, but Fitz believes the Lions might still sign two quarterbacks in the class. They also are considered to be high on the list for North Carolina four-star quarterback Garrett Shrader, who also attended the Michigan game.


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