As part of National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Times Shamrock newspapers’ Penn State football beat writer Donnie Collins is breaking down every member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class. This is a look at defensive lineman Jayson Oweh, who is ranked as the No. 11 offensive tackle prospect in the nation by both Rivals and 247sports.
School: Blair Academy (N.J.)
Projected position: Defensive end
Ranking: Four stars by 247sports, Rivals.com and ESPN
Status: Signed LOI in December; expected to enroll Summer 2018
Other offers: Alabama, Boston College, Dartmouth, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Navy, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin.
Projection: Oweh’s film is impressive. It’s even more impressive when you consider that he probably really doesn’t know what he’s doing yet. Oweh was a pretty good basketball prospect before he blew up as a football prospect when he joined his high school team as a junior. He was a dominant player as a senior, and athletically, he rates almost off the charts. He ripped of a 4.6 40-yard dash, which is insane for a 240-pound end. His quick feet have led to strong shuttle times in camps, and he had one of the best SPARQ ratings of any defensive end prospect in the nation, a sign that his athleticism has translated from the hardwood to the gridiron. Oweh isn’t on campus yet, and he has a lot to learn about the intricacies of playing the end position, which he mostly did from a standup position in high school. Penn State could even move him to outside linebacker, because he has the size and athleticism to make that work. But his real upside is as an edge pass rusher, and Oweh has a chance to crack the lineup before the 2018 season is over, if Penn State wants to give it a shot. He’d probably be best-served redshirting before making a run at playing time in a loaded defensive end group in 2019.