STATE COLLEGE – Penn State's offensive line on Thursday received a boost for the 2021 season as offensive lineman Landon Tengwall verbally committed to play for the Nittany Lions.
Tengwall, ranked No. 47 nationally and No. 1 in Maryland, turned his family's Maryland home into a makeshift studio as he announced his commitment to Penn State via video to Rivals reporter Woody Womack.
“We were supposed to do this in person… but we’re making it work,” Womack said.
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Tengwall earlier this month narrowed his final two college choices down to Penn State and Notre Dame.
A Nittany Lions and a Fighting Irish hat rested in front of Tengwall on Thursday afternoon. After about a two-second pause, he grabbed the Penn State hat and tossed it on his head. He then unzipped his pullover sweater to display a blue-and-white Penn State t-shirt he wore underneath.
“I want to thank my family, my friends, my coaches and my teammates at St. Vincent Pallotti High School and at Good Counsel High School,” Tengwall said. “But without further ado, I will be committing to Penn State University… We Are.”
Tengwall becomes the third member of the Class of 2021 to verbally commit to Penn State. He joins wide receiver Liam Clifford (Cincinnati, Ohio) and offensive lineman Nate Bruce (Harrisburg). Clifford is the younger brother of Penn State starting quarterback Sean Clifford.
“Coach Franklin, he’s the best coach out there,” Tengwall said. “I love Coach Franklin and the staff. I’ve been around there a lot. I love the players and the atmosphere there. It’s great up there.”
Penn State lost a 2021 verbal commit in tight end Nick Elksnis earlier this month.
Tengwall originally scheduled his announcement for later in the spring, but he said the extra time at home brought about from the nation-wide shut down due to the coronavirus afforded him more time to mull his college decision.
“It gave me a lot of time to think,” he said. “I feel like that was big. I don’t feel like I rushed this at all. I really thought about it a lot. This is really what I wanted to do.”
Penn State this season will debut a new offensive line coach in Phil Trautwein, who was hired in January to replace Matt Limegrover. Michigan hired Limegrover this spring as an analyst.
“He says I can play anywhere on the offensive line,” Tengwall said of Trautwein. “That’s my goal as an offensive lineman – to play anywhere on the offensive line. I’m coming in and just competing day one looking to start.”