Penn State has at least one more season with talented junior Christian Hackenberg under center. Coach James Franklin is adding talented signal-callers to the mix with Trace McSorley in the 2014 recruiting class, Tommy Stevens in ’15 and Jake Zembiec currently committed in ’16, but the overlying question remains: will Penn State have a legitimate starter in place when Hackenberg does elect to jump to the NFL, either in 2016 or ’17?
Stevens has projectable skills and is a strong, powerful runner with experience playing linebacker, as well. But he has some work to do to blossom into a starter-caliber quarterback at the next level, putting him at least a step behind McSorley in the competition to succeed Hackenberg. McSorley could even be entrenched as the team’s starter by the time Zembiec arrives in 2016.
Former NFL offensive lineman and Go Big Recruiting founder Ross Tucker gave his scouting report on Stevens and projected Penn State’s future quarterback competition for the Keystone Sports Network this week. Check out audio from the show in this post and get plenty more podcasts and analysis on KeystoneSportsNetwork.com and by following @KSNSportsNet on Twitter.