College Football Recruiting: Can Penn State Nittany Lions Hold on to Local QB?

By Tyler Brett
Matthew O’Haren – USA TODAY Sports

A team’s success in college football recruiting is often measured by how well they are able to keep talent from their own backyards close to home. For the Penn State Nittany Lions, they are trying to play catch up on a local talent in quarterback J.J. Cosentino. Can Bill O’Brien keep him close to home?

He has his work cut out for him. The four-star quarterback recruit committed to the Florida State Seminoles in March and has shown no inclination on backing out. He has had nothing bad to say about his experience in Tallahassee with Jimbo Fisher and the FSU program, saying that he is extremely excited to join the program.

But that didn’t stop Penn State from offering the Pittsburgh prep-star earlier this week. Cosentino has long rooted for Penn State and had them as his preferred school up until the program was hit with their massive sanctions from the NCAA. He still has a soft spot for the local program, saying that there was no environment quite like Penn State during a home game.

Despite all of those postive feelings towards the program, Penn State is still nothing more than a “fallback plan” for Cosentino. The young quarterback knows that college football can be a tumultuous place and you never know where the coaches that you build a relationship with will be in another year.

Cosentino will keep the Penn State offer in his back pocket, but it will take something drastic to take him away from FSU. At least for now.

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