Offensive Tackle Nolan Rucci Transfers To Penn State Football

Offensive tackle Nolan Rucci has committed to transfer to Penn State football, he announced Saturday. Rucci, who comes from Wisconsin and has two years of eligibility remaining, was the fourth player to join the Nittany Lions from the portal this year.

Rucci spent the past three seasons as a backup offensive lineman for the Badgers. He didn’t see any action during his freshman season and played in three games in each of the following years. He was a top recruit for Wisconsin, which brought him in as a five-star recruit and the top player in Pennsylvania out of high school.

Rucci, whose brother Hayden played for Wisconsin and recently declared for the NFL Draft, hails from Lititz, Pennsylvania, just over two hours from State College. Rucci’s father, Todd, played in the NFL for eight seasons after playing his college ball at Penn State.

With the departure of several key offensive linemen, including projected first-round selection Olu Fashanu, Rucci will have an opportunity to earn reps as soon as he arrives in Happy Valley. Penn State’s offensive line is expected to see turnover in four of five starting roles in 2024.

Rucci joins four-star wide receiver Julian Fleming, kicker Chase Meyer, and edge rusher Jordan Mayer in transferring to the Nittany Lions.

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