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Lion Cubs - Penn State Class of 2012-2013
Penn State inked 3 players and they all might be competing for open cornerback spots on the Penn State roster. Evan Lewis and Stephen Morris will graduate this coming spring and the Nittany Lions needed at least 1 CB to replace those players. They got 3 just minutes into the recruiting season. Josh Bell is the highest rated among the recruits at #107 overall. He has decent coverage skills and enough speed to stick with WR. Cole Anderson isn't in the ESPN 150 but he has some solid skills. His coverage skills are more polished than Anderson and he also has solid speed. Anderson might be #4 CB next season for PSU, depending on how recruiting goes for the Nittany Lions. The last recruit was Robert Griffen, a small athlete with good zone coverage skills. He will need to work on man coverage and will likely redshirt next season.
Center Richard Lawrence surprised coaches at Penn State by signing his enrollment papers at Penn State. Lawrence is another important piece for the Nittany Lions offensive line. He is solid at both run and pass blocking. He isn't going to overpower many defenders (C+) but he has solid technique and good speed for an o-lineman. He will need to bulk up a bit as he weighs just 266, but he has frame at 6'2 to support a bit more muscle.
Kelvin Hall and Cole Anderson are locks for CB position and fill a need for Penn State. Athletes Andrew Shuler, Josh Bell and Robert Griffin also project as cornerbacks so the secondary should be loaded at Penn State for several years. These five players join prized recruits Brian Nichols, Curtis Garrett and Brent Johnson in the Nittany Lions secondary.
Another focus this season was getting athletic tight ends and the Penn State coaches dug up a couple in the JUCO ranks. Jovan Wallace could be an impact player next year for Penn State and Phil Mills also looks like a solid player.
Overall Penn State has signed 11 players this offseason, including 6 in ESPN 150. The group does not have any players but boasts 8 players. The team still has 7 more scholarships to fill this season and the remaining class will be focused on offensive side.
Nothing to get excited about but Penn State added 3 new recruits over the past few weeks:
**** | Seth Nelson | QB | Gonna need some seasoning but he could be starter in a few seasons. B throw power/C+ throw accuracy
**** | Jeff Scott | WR | Good speed (B+) but very mediocre catching the football, needs to develop. C- Catching/C- Spectacular Catch
*** | Matt Williams | HB | Surprisingly good for a 3-star with B+ acceleration and B- break tackle. B speed/B- elusiveness
These signings give Penn State 13 total signings
9 recruits (includes 6 in ESPN 150)
Penn State loaded up on playmakers and impact players in past 2 classes so this group is mostly role players. Hall and Bell are probably the two most important signings, since they fill a need at CB. The duo will be trying to replace departing cornerbacks Morris and Lewis. Richard and Cowan give Penn State more depth along the offensive line. An odd thing about this class is the large number of junior college players in the group. The Nittany Lions grabbed 7 JUCO players in this class, led by Sykes. The QB situation is questionable at Penn State so Sykes (an incoming JR) may compete for that job in his first year on campus. He has good arm strength (B+) and solid accuracy (B).
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