Beau Pribula appreciated what James Franklin said well-nigh him Wednesday, merely he acknowledged one comment might’ve been a scrap off.
The Penn State head coach called Pribula a 4.0 educatee and said “I’m worried when you lot become the first B of your life” during a virtual call with the quarterback’s family at Wednesday’southward signing solar day ceremonies.
“I don’t know if that’s true,” Pribula sheepishly admitted afterwards Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve had a B before.”
Only Pribula understands where Franklin is coming from.
The Central York quarterback officially signed his national letter of intent to play football for Penn State Wednesday, most 15 months after he verbally committed to the school shortly before his junior year.
Pribula signed his NLI in a Central York auditorium filled with teammates who have spent the past four years looking upward to him. Hours earlier, Franklin and Penn Land offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich took turns praising him as the “full package.”
He’due south used to being the best player and biggest star on the field. He’s used to his piece of work ethic leading to startling success.
Things will change when he enrolls early at Penn State in a few weeks. He’ll exist surrounded by older teammates already accomplished at the collegiate level. He’ll be more of an underdog than anytime in his life.
Some struggles — or only adjustments — are inevitable.
“It’s going to be big change, but you have to encompass it,” Pribula said. “I can’t expect for competition. Everyone’s going to be insanely athletic, insanely fast and everything. It’s about who’s the hardest worker. Information technology’southward going to bring out the best in yous.”
That contest volition be evident in Penn Land’s quarterback room, where Pribula volition be joining potential four-year starter Sean Clifford, current backup Christian Veilleux and incoming 5-star recruit Drew Allar.
One of the primeval members of Penn State’southward heralded incoming recruiting class, Pribula has gone under-the-radar with a fan base excited about Clifford’s return and Allar’s arrival.
But those who know the quarterback believe he’due south set up for this new challenge.
“He kinda comes in with that underdog part,” Central York head coach Gerry Yonchiuk said Wednesday. “He’south got the five-star (in Allar), there are places that have him equally a three-star, simply that doesn’t affair. Double-decker Franklin made a keen indicate. Alabama had two guys (Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones) exist first-round picks two years in a row.
“Why tin’t he be a office of something like that?”
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Growing up quickly
Pribula typically takes some fourth dimension off from training when football season ends.
Non as much this year.
“I retrieve information technology was a few days,” he said of the break he took subsequently Central York lost to Wilson, 14-11, in the District 3 Class 6A semifinals. “I just couldn’t await. I love the grind.”
His workouts and throwing sessions take remained fairly typical. He said he’due south continued to do good from the knowledge and advice of his older brother, Cade, a University of Delaware quarterback who is currently home on winter intermission.
He hasn’t received whatsoever specific conditioning plan from Penn State. That will come when he enrolls at the school on January. seven.
“That’s the reward of going early,” Pribula said. “To develop physically and get to know the playbook.”
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He admitted information technology’due south been a bit of a whirlwind equally he prepares to enter college 7 months earlier than most 18 twelvemonth olds. He’s already picked a class schedule and is planning to major in advertizement and public relations.
He will graduate from Central York on Dec. 22. He said the school’due south block scheduling fabricated the process of graduating early on simple.
“It’s a little tough, but I’yard ready for it,” he said well-nigh moving on to college. “It’s easy when you’re going to your dream school and pursuing your lifelong dream.”
A deep quarterback room
At Penn State’s virtual signing 24-hour interval Wednesday, Pribula was introduced by the player he’south been compared to throughout high schoolhouse.
Trace McSorley welcomed him to the Nittany Lions.
Pribula had “an thought” he would be introduced by the program’s all-fourth dimension leading passer, but said it was yet surreal. He was first compared to the current Arizona Cardinals backup when Franklin extended him his scholarship offer in the spring of 2020.
But Franklin as well said Wed that Pribula has a take chances to practice things “Trace wasn’t able to do.” That was likely a reference to the vi-foot-2, 212-pound Pribula beingness bigger and probably faster than the 6-foot, 200-pound McSorley.
“What y’all’ve got is a taller version of McSorley and even a level higher as an athlete,” said Yonchiuk, who added Pribula is probably an inch taller than he’s listed. “And Beau’s a Pennsylvania guy like Rocky was a Philadelphia guy. Beau is the type of guy fans are going to fall in love with.”
But Pribula is not the incoming quarterback most fans are talking about.
Ohio native Drew Allar is rated as the top quarterback in the Class of 2022 by 247 Sports. Pribula is ranked 26th by the site. Franklin said during a Wed press briefing that the 6-foot-5 Allar — who verbally committed in March 2021 later Yurcich was hired as offensive coordinator — is “a trivial bigger” simply Pribula is “possibly a petty more than athletic.”
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Pribula, who recently hosted Franklin and Yurcich for dinner with his family, said he’s excited to compete with the decorated indicate caller.
“Fe sharpens iron,” Pribula said. “Competition is only going to make everyone in the room better. Whoever starts at Penn State is going to be a really good quarterback because we’re going to make each other meliorate.”
Pribula said he’s exchanged congratulations with Allar and has spoken with Clifford. He’s glad he’ll be learning from the soon-to-be 6th-twelvemonth senior who could break many of McSorley’s records side by side flavor.
His willingness to learn and get ameliorate is what stands out to his new head coach.
“Just how he handled this whole process,” Franklin said virtually Pribula at Wednesday’s press briefing. “He never wavered, he really embraces contest. And I couldn’t be more excited about him and more proud.”
Matt Allibone is a sports reporter for GameTimePA. He tin be reached at 717-881-8221, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @bad2theallibone.