READING, Pa. -- The top prospect in Pennsylvania and arguably the most athletic high school offensive lineman in the nation, Exeter Township's Michal Menet was viewed by recruiting analysts as the must-get player for Penn State's Class of 2016.
If you haven't bothered learning how to pronounce his name yet, now might be the time to start. Because Friday afternoon at his high school here, the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder capped a long, thorough recruiting process by committing to James Franklin's Nittany Lions.
For the record, it is Michal (Michael) Menet (MEN-et).
He picked PSU over Duke, but held offers from a host of national powers, including Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
When they took over the Nittany Lion program in 2014, Franklin and his staff inherited an offensive line corps depleted by NCAA scholarship sanctions and several years of suspect recruiting at the position that predated the sanctions.
So the O-line has been a focal point on the recruiting front ever since. And the staff has come through. PSU landed the top two offensive lineman in Pennsylvania for the Class of 2015 (four-star OT and early enrollee Sterling Jenkins, and four-star OG Ryan Bates) and now have commitments from the top two linemen in the state for the Class of 2016 (Menet and OT Connor McGovern).
Though most project Menet as an offensive tackle at the next level, his combination of size (in the form of a great frame) and athletic ability figure to allow him to play anywhere along the offensive front. In fact, Alabama recruited him as a defensive tackle.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.