The rivalry between Penn State and Ohio State begins before the players even suit up for their respective teams. That was proven when one Nittany Lions commit in the 2022 class took some shots at the Buckeyes on social media.
Ken Talley is a four-star defensive end who is committed to Penn State, and he is already adding fuel to the fire in the program’s rivalry with Ohio State. On Thursday, Talley tweeted that the Nittany Lions would have the No. 1 signing class in the nation by next month.
“Nittany nation we going be #1 class by next month…” Talley tweeted.
Apparently, some Buckeyes took exception to that prediction, and got into Talley’s replies. In response to that, Talley told Ohio State commits and signees to calm down because their time as a top program is coming to an end.
“Ohio State commits yall had y’all run just chill and play the back on this one,” Talley tweeted in a follow-up.
There’s a good chance that the 2021 Ohio State signees will remember those tweets over the course of the next couple of years. Still, healthy rivalries are part of what make college football such an entertaining sport to follow.
Talley is a four-star recruit and the No. 11 weak-side defensive end in the 2022 signing class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Talley is part of a Penn State class that currently ranks No. 3 in the country, per the 247Sports Team Rankings. After committing to the Nittany Lions, Talley explained his decision to 247Sports.
“I love Penn State,” Talley said. “I love the whole culture. I love everything about it — the atmosphere, the coaches, the fans, Coach (James) Franklin, everybody.”
The Philadelphia native has NFL potential in the eyes of 247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. In Dohn’s scouting report, he currently projects Talley as a future late-round NFL selection.
“Frame to be edge rusher as outside linebacker or defensive end,” Dohn says in his scouting report of Talley. “Carries 220 pounds like 205. Lines up mostly as defensive end. Plays low at snap and uncoils to show tremendous burst. Bends at knees and dips shoulders to get around edge. Cat-quick in short space. Chases plays down from behind. Good body control with change of direction. Has to improve upper body strength. Relies heavily on speed but needs to work on hand quickness and technique. Needs to develop move combinations. Needs to be more consistent with stacking and shedding. Multi-year starter at Top 20 program. Day 3 NFL draft potential.”