Lion Cubs - Penn State Recruiting

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    Lion Cubs - Penn State Recruiting

    11 seniors + 2 empty roster spots = 13 scholarships available

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7 Column 8 Column 9
    Stars Name Position Rank Overall Rank Height Weight State Notes
    1 :5stars: Brent Johnson ATH #3 #13 6'2 179 OH Projects as safety with amazing speed (A), good coverage (C+) and tackling skills (B-)
    2 :4stars: Kenard Estes OG #4 #44 6'2 289 PA Balanced lineman, needs to improve strength (C)
    3 :4stars: Antonio Clay OG #6 #67 6'6 293 IL Pass blocking offensive lineman (C+) who needs to work on his run blocking (C-)
    4 :4stars: Keith Cunningham OLB #12 #68 6'4 225 OH Flies to ball but needs to improve his tackling (C-)
    5 :4stars: Brian Nichols FS #4 #71 5'10 191 AZ Undersized safety with tremendous speed (A) but needs seasoning (D- awareness, D play recognition)
    6 :4stars: Clint Brown DE #5 #72 6'6 230 NJ Solid all-around end, just needs some seasoning
    7 :4stars: Antonio Caldwell OG #8 #92 6'4 275 MD Balanced lineman but needs to work on his quickness
    8 :4stars: Marty Merrill DT #11 #101 6'2 288 AR Not likely to see field early but he could develop into a starter after a few seasons
    9 :4stars: Quincy Bennett QB #11 #114 6'2 185 MI Pocket passer with good passing attributes (B- accuracy, power) but little mobility (D+ speed, acceleration)
    10 :4stars: Josh Little OT # # 6'5 310 MS Lot of areas he needs to work on but size and lack of quickness may force him inside to guard
    11 :4stars: William Keller HB # # 6'2 191 IL Ball carrying (D) is a big concern and he will need to greatly improve in that area
    12 :4stars: Marcus Jenkins FS #11 #195 6'2 216 PA His lack of ability in zone coverage (D) is concerning
    13 :3stars: Jeremy Harrell K#1 #995 6'0 187 MD Solid kicker with good kick power (B-) and accuracy (B-)
     
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    Penn State inked its first commitment of the year by signing :4stars: offensive guard Kenard Estes. He is rated as the fourth best guard according to ESPN and he is a member of the ESPN 150. Kenard's skills are balanced across the board, with a C grade in pass and run block. He will be working with a strength coach to improve in that area, he has a C grade at this time. With Penn State set to lose 3 guards this season the position is a high priority for the Nittany Lions. The team is looking to add at least one more guard in the off season.
     
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    Penn State loses out on the top 2 recruits but still has put together a solid class so far. The school has signed a total of 10 prospects as of week 8, including 8 players ranked in the ESPN 150. The best in this group is guard Kenard Estes, the #44 overall prospect. He will be competing with two other offensive guards from this class Antonio Clay (#67) and Antonio Caldwell (#92). This was a position of need for Penn State as the team loses two players at that position after this season.

    Penn State also spent some time revamping the defense, including signing two players at free safety. Bret Nichols is higher ranked of the two players and he is a speed demon, 4.34 40-yard dash. He will need to work on his mental attributes but he should be a solid addition to the Nittany Lions' secondary. Keith Cunningham was another big addition for PSU, he is ranked #68 overall in this class and the #12 outside linebacker. He could be moving to middle linebacker to help Penn State fill a need.

    Special teams also got a signing this offseason. With Collin Wagner out of eligibility after this season the Nittany Lions went looking for a kicker. This class wasn't loaded with top kickers but Penn State did land the best one in the group, Jeremy Harrell. He has decent kick power and accuracy, both graded as a B- by scouts.

    With a small senior class Penn State is running low on scholarships to give out. The team has just three more scholarships left and they are hoping one will go to Brent Johnson. Brent is deciding between Notre Dame, Penn State and Ohio State. He is expected to announce his decision in the upcoming week.

    Full list of players and rankings available in the first post of this thread.
     
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    Penn State lands 5-star athlete

    Brent Johnson shocked the world when he picked Penn State over Notre Dame. The Ohio recruit had been leaning towards Notre Dame but a last minute push made him sign with the Nittany Lions. He played several positions in high school but at college level he is expected to play in the secondary. He has amazing speed (A) and solid agility (B). He also is a solid tackler (B-) and can quickly distinguish the offensive play call (B-). His coverage skills (C+ zone and man) are far from elite but he should improve on these skills when he gets some practice time.

    The addition of Johnson leaves Penn State with just 2 scholarships remaining. It also gives the Nittany Lions its 9th commitment from recruits in the ESPN 150.
     
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    The Penn State coach got word this week that the team landed 2 additional signings. This gives Penn State a grand total of 13 scholarship players signed this, filling up all vacant roster spots. Offensive tackle Josh Little and halfback William Keller were the final players for Penn State in this class. Little needs some work before he is ready to see the field, especially his impact blocking (D). Conditioning will also be a key for Little, he gets tired too quickly (D stamina) and doesn't possess ideal strength for a lineman (C+). He will likely redshirt next season and may need even longer before he steps into the rotation. Keller is also far from a finished product. The :4stars: recruit needs to work on his ball carrying (D) and his agility (C-). Penn State coaches are hoping he will develop at the the collegiate level.
     
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    2011-2012 Class

    16 seniors + 2 empty roster spots = 18 scholarships available
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    Stars Name Position Rank Overall Rank Height Weight State Notes
    1 :5stars: Curtis Garrett ATH #1 #1 6'1 182 WV He might start as true freshman at free safety, stay tuned for more info
    2 :5stars: Kyle Goss HB #4 #12 5'11 204 OH Well balanced back with solid speed (B+) and agility (B+)
    3 :5stars: Lee Broussard DE #2 #26 6'3 258 PA Slow but pretty good in other areas
    4 :5stars: Ryan Ostrander MLB #1 #27 6'5 246 PA Looks to continue tradition at Linebacker U, strong player (B) with excellent tackling technique (B+)
    5 :4stars: T.J Harris T #7 #58 6'6 304 PA Excellent pass blocker but needs to work on run blocking
    6 :4stars: Larry Roberson DE #8 #63 6'6 197 PA Really needs to bulk up so likely redshirt his first season
    7 :4stars: Keith Crowell ATH #7 #120 6'2 163 OH Played a few different positions in high school but likely ends up at WR
    8 :4stars: Adam Walker T #16 #171 6'5 283 IN Will redshirt next season and will need a lot of improvement to start
    9 :4stars: Cornelius Wilson ATH #13 #175 6'5 163 MD Not going to blow past defenders but has height to win jump balls at WR
    10 :3stars: Aaron White OLB # 10 #273 6'2 218 CT Needs to improve in a lot of areas and will likely redshirt
    11 :3stars: Chris Cooper (JUCO JR) OLB #16 #419 6'4 233 LA Needs to work on his tackling (C) but overall seems pretty sound
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    Signings week 1-4

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    Stars Name Position Rank Overall Rank Height Weight State
    1 :5stars: Lee Broussard DE #2 #26 6'3 258 PA
    2 :3stars: Aaron White OLB # 10 #273 6'2 218 CT


    Broussard looks like an eventual starter. He could be a situational starter on early downs but lacks speed to play on passing plays. Not sure if he will see the field as true freshman so he may end up getting a redshirt his first year, depending on team depth.

    White was simply a signing for depth. He isn't spectacular in any area and has a lot of deficiencies. A redshirt is almost a certainty his first season and he will need to progress quickly to see the field in early years.
     
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    This may turn out to be a very small class for Penn State but there is no arguing with the talent they are bringing in. #4 HB Kyle Goss announced he would sign with the Nittany Lions. Goss had a verbal agreement with the Buckeyes but he watched Penn State beat OSU. That was enough to change his mind and he will be a nice addition to the running back crew in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions lose their top 2 backs this season but do have Curtis Dukes and Silas Redd returning. Goss looks like a solid addition to the mix and he may be the best back in this class. He will need to work on his catching (D) and pass blocking (D-) to see the field on passing plays.
     
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    So Goss is going to be a HB?
     
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    Goss is listed as a HB and not an ATH. The #1 guy soft committed to my school but he did not sign. Garrett is the #1 overall guy and he looks like a safety from what I can tell. I'm hoping to add him next week.
     
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    ohh alright. Got ya
     
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    Goss was an unexpected surprise but he forced me to drop the #15 overall recruit from my board. I'm not complaining about Goss signing, since he is #12 overall. I just really wish Broussard did not sign or he was graded as a :4stars: recruit, which in my opinion is what he should be.
     
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    Penn State adds two more ESPN top 150 recruits

    :4stars: Larry Robertson DE #8 OVR #63
    6'6 197 - PA
    + A- Pursuit; B+ Speed; B Injury; B- Acceleration, Finesse moves, Block shedding, Hit power, Stamina
    - D- Awareness, Zone coverage; D Agility; D+ Jumping
    Coach's comment: He looks promising as a situational pass rusher and he may spell Broussard in passing situations. He will need to put on some weight/muscle to be a full-time defensive end at college level.

    :4stars: Keith Crowell ATH #4 OVR #120
    6'2 163 - OH
    + A- Acceleration; B Speed, Stamina, Injury; B- Agility, Break tackle
    - D- Awareness, Strength; D Play recognition
    Coach's comment: Played mostly on offensive side of ball in high school, rotating between halfback and wide receiver. With Goss signing and a shortage of WR it is likely Crowell ends up play at wide out. He needs to build up strength (D-) and get smarter (D-) so a redshirt is likely at this point.

    Penn State is still awaiting word from two remaining :5stars: prospects. Top recruit Curtis Garrett has given a verbal commit to Penn State and should sign this week. Top MLB recruit Ryan Ostander is still weighing his other options but no other school wants to compete with Penn State. Tackle TJ Harris (#7) also has a verbal agreement with Penn State and he is expected to sign in coming weeks.
     
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    Breaking news is coming in from West Virginia. Phillipi high school student and top NCAA recruit Curtis Garrett has signed his commitment letter to play for Penn State. He stated that playing for a proven winner at coach was one of his chief concerns. He also wanted the opportunity to show off his skills to a large audience, so the Big 10 media was another big factor in his decision. The Penn State coaches are anxious to get him on campus. He is very fast (4.32) and strong (402 lb. bench press). He has played a few different positions in high school but will likely line up at safety at the collegiate level.

    With his skills he will see the field next season and a good spring workout could vault him into the starting lineup. His chief competition will be last year's :4stars: recruit Brian Nichols, since starter Drew Astorino is playing his last season at Penn State. If he grabs the starting job out of the gate he will be paired up with Penn State's top recruit last season, Brent Johnson.

    The good news continued as Penn State also got a commitment from ESPN 150 tackle T.J Harris. Harris looks like a solid addition to the Nittany Lions offensive line. He is a solid pass blocker but will need to work on his run blocking skills. He should develop into a starter within a couple years. Next season he could redshirt to allow himself to get accumulated to college life.
     
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    Penn State reaches its recruiting limits on :5stars: recruits for the 2011-2012. Middle linebacker Ryan Ostrander fills the final spot. He gives the Nittany Lions additional depth and could start in his second season in Happy Valley. He is an excellent tackler (B) with good strength (B) and speed (B). He needs to work on play recognition (C) and improve his on-field awareness (D-).
     
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    Penn State added a couple more signings after week 13. The first signing was :4stars: ATH Cornelius Wilson. He is slow for a receiver (C+ speed) but has good size at 6'5 so he could create matchup problems. He will have time to develop since Nittany Lions have a little depth at WR in upcoming season, assuming Drake, Brown and Smith all decide to return. The other signing was :3stars: OLB Chris Cooper, the second OLB signed by Penn State this offseason. Cooper will likely redshirt next season but he could develop into a starter after a few years.
     
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    2011-2012 Class

    16 seniors + 2 empty roster spots = 18 scholarships available
    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7 Column 8 Column 9
    Stars Name Position Rank Overall Rank Height Weight State Notes
    1 :5stars: Curtis Garrett ATH #1 #1 6'1 182 WV He might start as true freshman at free safety, stay tuned for more info
    2 :5stars: Kyle Goss HB #4 #12 5'11 204 OH Well balanced back with solid speed (B+) and agility (B+)
    3 :5stars: Lee Broussard DE #2 #26 6'3 258 PA Slow but pretty good in other areas
    4 :5stars: Ryan Ostrander MLB #1 #27 6'5 246 PA Looks to continue tradition at Linebacker U, strong player (B) with excellent tackling technique (B+)
    5 :4stars: T.J Harris T #7 #58 6'6 304 PA Excellent pass blocker but needs to work on run blocking
    6 :4stars: Larry Roberson DE #8 #63 6'6 197 PA Really needs to bulk up so likely redshirt his first season
    7 :4stars: Keith Crowell ATH #7 #120 6'2 163 OH Played a few different positions in high school but likely ends up at WR
    8 :4stars: Adam Walker T #16 #171 6'5 283 IN Will redshirt next season and will need a lot of improvement to start
    9 :4stars: Cornelius Wilson ATH #13 #175 6'5 163 MD Not going to blow past defenders but has height to win jump balls at WR
    10 :3stars: Aaron White OLB # 10 #273 6'2 218 CT Needs to improve in a lot of areas and will likely redshirt
    11 :3stars: Chris Cooper (JUCO JR) OLB #16 #419 6'4 233 LA Needs to work on his tackling (C) but overall seems pretty sound
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    Only new addition is Adam Walker. He was a surprise addition after week 15. He isn't spectacular in any area and will likely redshirt his first year on campus. He needs to work on a lot of areas if he wants to see time on the field.
     
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    2011-2012 Class

    16 seniors + 2 empty roster spots = 18 scholarships available
    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7 Column 8 Column 9 Column 10
    Stars Name Position Rank Overall Rank OVR Rate Height Weight State Notes
    1 :5stars: Curtis Garrett ATH #1 #1 84 6'1 182 WV He might start as true freshman at free safety, stay tuned for more info
    2 :5stars: Kyle Goss HB #4 #12 84 5'11 204 OH Well balanced back with solid speed (B+) and agility (B+)
    3 :5stars: Lee Broussard DE #2 #26 81 6'3 258 PA Slow but pretty good in other areas
    4 :5stars: Ryan Ostrander MLB #1 #27 82 6'5 246 PA Looks to continue tradition at Linebacker U, strong player (B) with excellent tackling technique (B+)
    5 :4stars: T.J Harris T #7 #58 83 6'6 304 PA Excellent pass blocker but needs to work on run blocking
    6 :4stars: Larry Roberson DE #8 #63 81 6'6 197 PA Really needs to bulk up so likely redshirt his first season
    7 :4stars: Keith Crowell ATH #7 #120 77 6'2 163 OH Played a few different positions in high school but likely ends up at WR
    8 :4stars: Adam Walker T #16 #171 78 6'5 283 IN Will redshirt next season and will need a lot of improvement to start
    9 :4stars: Cornelius Wilson ATH #13 #175 72 6'5 163 MD Not going to blow past defenders but has height to win jump balls at WR
    10 :3stars: Aaron White OLB # 10 #273 77 6'2 218 CT Needs to improve in a lot of areas and will likely redshirt
    11 :3stars: Chris Cooper (JUCO JR) OLB #16 #419 74 6'4 233 LA Needs to work on his tackling (C) but overall seems pretty sound
    12 :4stars: Javon Jacques SS # # 81 6'4 192 TX Not extremely fast but good overall safety
    13 :3stars: Chris Gutierrez WR # # 69 6'3 180 GA Fast but lacking in almost every other area
    14 :4stars: Parker Roland T # # 69 6'4 302 OH Needs to improve in a lot of areas and will redshirt
    15 :3stars: Brett Smith WR # # 68 6'1 185 MI Pretty mediocre aside from speed, redshirt this season
    16 :3stars: Rusty Suggs HB # # 67 6'0 206 GA Mediocre and will need to work his ass off to ever see the field
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