Who's Left for the Class of 2012?

Fight On State talks to the experts to find out where some of Penn State's top recruits left on the board stand.

As of Sunday night, Penn State had accepted 16 verbal commitments for the Class of 2012.

"PSU is looking at a total of 22-23 total scholarships available in the 2012 class," Fight On State recruiting analyst Cory James said. "With 16 spots already filled, that's a pretty small window left."

So who are the Lions looking for to fill those spots? And which recruits are liking Penn State?

"I am hearing one spot should be filled by an OL/DL," James said. "Ideally a guy that can play either DL or OL."

Perhaps that guy could be Our Lady of Good Counsel HS (Md.) OL prospect Ryan Watson.

"Ryan Watson is looking hard at Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Michigan State (and Georgia Tech continues to be on his radar)," Scout.com Northeast recruiting analyst Brian Dohn said. "And he is a physical, technically sound high school offensive lineman. He also is talking to schools about playing defense, and I put Penn State very high on his list of suitors."

James adds to the equation with one DL that Penn State fans hope to grab.

"In addition, a DE spot is being held for (Noah_ Spence," James said. "But it would be interesting to see if PSU tries to get in on another DE later if Spence does not choose PSU."

Perhaps the most sought-after position left for the Nittany Lions' Class of 2012 is running back, and there are several prospects in play.

One is Athol Springs, N.Y., prospect Akeel Lynch, who remains committed to Boston Collge but told Scout.com lately that he would take his official to PSU.

Another? Ryan Watson's Olney, Md., teammate, Wes Brown.

"Wes Brown is a tough one to read," Dohn said. "He seemed to be targeted for Miami, but that isn't the case anymore. He is a big, bruising running back with speed, and could be dominant in college. At this point Brown doesn't know where he wants to go, but the Nittany Lions are in a good position if they decide they want to push hard for him."

That still leaves several more positions for Penn State to fill in it's Class of 2012.

"There is Kent Taylor," James said. "But he is probably the only one they would still go after at tight end."

The Land O' Lakes, Fla., standout will make his decision at the end of October.

"Penn State has been in the mix since the beginning with Kent Taylor," Scout.com national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons said. "So they will be there when Taylor makes his decision known on Oct. 27. It is down to Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Penn State, but most feel it is down to Florida and Penn State."

And then there is the athlete spot, which brings about PSU target Devin Fuller.

"Devin Fuller had a nice visit to Penn State for the Alabama game," Dohn said. "But he is dealing with a leg injury this season so he isn't putting a lot of focus on his recruitment. Right now getting him away from Rutgers looks to be a chore, but I give Penn State the best chance to do it. He is being told he can play quarterback in college, and if it doesn't work out, he can move to the secondary."

And what about the X-factor recruits? Like Clover Hill HS (Va.) standout Joel Caleb??

"Joel Caleb is interesting in that he can play a multitude of positions in college, but he is a high school quarterback who won't play there in college," Dohn said. "I think his best spot is receiver. He has visited Penn State four times, which is a good sign, but getting him out of Virginia will prove very difficult. It can happen, but at this point if he doesn't go to school in Virginia, heading South is an option."

Another recruit to keep an eye on to fill the remaining position is Jeanette, Pa., DB Demetrious Cox, who told FOS that he is still very interested in PSU.


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