Penn State football made a big splash with its 2023 recruiting class on Thursday afternoon picking up a verbal commitment from Alex Birchmeier, the nation’s top interior offensive lineman according to the 247 Network.
Birchmeier is Penn State’s first commitment to the 2023 class and finds himself rated No. 42 in the 2023 class according to the 247 Network. He hits the scales at 6-foot-5, 275 pounds out of Ashburn, Virginia, and had offers from Georgia, Indiana, LSU among others.
The 247 Network ranks Birchmeier as the top prospect in the state of Virginia and was recruited by offensive line coach Phil Trautwein and running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider.
Birchmeier is the second noteworthy offensive line commitment over the past three cycles joining 2021 commit and current Penn State freshman Landon Tengwall who was rated the top prospect in the state of Maryland and the No. 7 rated offensive tackle in the 2021 class.
The commitment is good news for Penn State offensive line that finds itself transitioning to a new era after the departures of a handful of longtime starters. The Nittany Lions will lean on tackles Rasheed Walker and Caeden Wallace with Mike Miranda taking care of duties on the interior as Penn State works in a few new faces along the offensive front.
Birchmeier’s commitment starts off a final stretch of July recruiting that is poised to continue to have fireworks for a 2022 class that is rated No. 3 in the nation and second-best in the Big Ten.