Freshman Offensive Tackle Nana Asiedu Announces Career-Ending Heart Condition
A piece of unfortunate personal news hit in the world of Penn State football on Wednesday night as true freshman and four-star recruit Nana Asiedu took to Twitter, letting Penn State fans know about a heart condition that will force the him to end his career early.
Asiedu explained that he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that will force him off of the field. According to the American Heart Association, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a common cause of cardiac arrest in young individuals caused by enlarged heart muscle cells.
Asiedu certainly showed a lot of promise in high school. 247 Sports ranked the tackle as the third-best player in Virginia in his recruiting cycle and the eighth-best tackle in the country. The Virginia native was part of James Franklin’s strongest recruiting class in his tenure at Penn State.
Coach Franklin and his coaching staff stayed true to Asiedu’s scholarship offer, though, allowing the freshman to continue his education and stay close to team activities throughout his time in Happy Valley.
It’s safe to say that the Penn State community feels for Nana. We’d like to wish him good health and a great college experience over the next few years.