WEEK 1 SIGNINGS #1 MLB Brooks Jones. Also offered by USC. Athletically superior to all but the most elite MLB's. Can single-handedly shutdown outside run games. Solid tackler but can get lost in zone. Future All-Big 10 if not All-American. #9 CB Geoff Thomas. JUCO Soph. 4.28 speed with A acc and B+ agility. Shuts receivers down at the line and can rise up with anybody. Knows the position fairly well but a RS would make him certified "lockdown". #8 G Thomas Fitzpatrick. Big kid with great footwork for his age. Should be an absolute road grader for the Nittany Lions and will keep the QB upright as well. #18 DE Vincent Thomas. 4.56 speed and A- acceleration make him a nightmare off the edge. Improving his block shedding (which is already decent) will transform him from pass rusher to star. #16 MLB Brandon Smith. Fast kid with a good arsenal of moves, but nothing to warrant alot of hype. Some time to learn and develop will do wonders. #11 MLB Chris Jackson. You CANNOT escape this kid. You will be caught and you will be tackled. He's got decent speed but it's his uncanny nose for the ball make him a tackling machine and future headliner. #5 CB Marques Jones. Also offered by Stanford. 4.38 speed a pretty good cover ability. No holes but nothing spectacular. Needs some development before he will make an impact. #9 T Andrew Luke. Also offered by Stanford and Cal. Limitations in pass blocking will make him a RT but his impressive run blocking will open huge holes for the run game. Will flat out eat smaller DE's lunch on runs. #28 ATH Matt Tidwell. 6'2" 231 and a great burst combined with decent tackling, strength, block shedding will probably put him at OLB. Needs development but has enough tools to be successful there. #51 DT Reggie Hancock. Can hold up blockers and stand his ground but don't expect him to control the LOS. Has some nice skills but is lumbering and can miss tackles. #53 ATH Josh Rogers. Unfortunately, Josh looks like a career backup at HB. Especially considering the talent Cal pulled in last year at that position, his lack of speed or power will leave him on the pine. #19 C Shedrick Roach. Would be exposed if played early but has a decent foundation of skills to build on. Should earn a starting spot by the time he's an upperclassman. #116 CB Steven Covington. JUCO Soph. His dreadful man coverage make him a severe liability except in basic zone defenses. Does play stronger than his 160lb frame let's on and has better hands than most CB's, even top-notch guys. #97 T Brian Daniel. Is smarter than most but don't expect him to be much more than a roster filler.