1. WHAT IS YOUR OVERALL TAKE ON THIS CLASS?
Considering the time constraints this staff was under and how well the new staff was able to get out on the road and mesh with recruits, it was pretty impressive in such a short period of time. I think they did a solid job of filling some holes and adding depth, along with finding a few kids who are going to be very good college ball players.
2. WHAT LETTER GRADE DO YOU GIVE IT AND WHY?
I'd have to say a C. Considering it was likely an A before everything happened, a C is not a horrible grade. I do like the enthusiasm that this new staff showed and it should be fun watching them recruit for a whole year.
3. DO YOU EXPECT ANY SURPRISES FOR PENN STATE -- POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE -- BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF LOI DAY?
I would not be shocked to see Penn State potentially adding another player on signing day or perhaps even a few days after.
4. DID THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL AND COACHING CHANGE HAVE MORE OR LESS OF AN IMPACT ON THIS CLASS THAN YOU ORIGINALLY THOUGHT IT MIGHT?
I think with parents it had a lot of impact. But it is hard to accurately gauge that, because most would not discuss it on the record. It definitely helped other schools that swooped in while it was going on the try to pick-up as many of the PSU recruits as they could.
5. HOW DID BILL O'BRIEN AND HIS STAFF DO IN THE LIMITED TIME THEY HAD TO WORK ON THIS CLASS?
O'Brien was in a tough sport. He was honoring a commitment that he had made to the Patriots and he wanted to see that through. There were some bumps in the road, but all in all I thought the staff handled it fairly well. None of the recruits who were on official visits ever complained about O'Brien not being around.
6. WHERE DID PENN STATE MEET NEEDS WITH THIS CLASS?
They needed to bring in a QB and a RB and they were able to fill those needs. I like the depth that was added along the offensive and defensive lines as well.
7. WHERE DID PENN STATE FAIL TO MEET NEEDS WITH THIS CLASS?
O'Brien's offense is going to require a big play tight end, which to me is missing here. Also, they did add depth at QB, but is Steven Bench going to end up being the starter down the road?
8. WHO IS THE BEST GET IN THIS CLASS?
I think Eugene Lewis truly has a chance to become one of the best receivers in the Big Ten. It may take a year or so as he becomes more adept at the position, but he is a big play waiting to happen.
9. WHO IS A SLEEPER IN THIS CLASS?
Defensive end Evan Schwan is going to surprise some folks. Once he adds some mass to his frame, he is a going to be an impressive specimen coming off the edge.
10. WHICH LOST COMMIT HURT THE MOST?
Legitimate lockdown cover corners are not easy to find, so I look at Armani Reeves as a big loss. I know others have their opinions, but a guy like Reeves out there allows a defensive unit to do so much more.
11. WHICH LOST PROSPECT (NON-COMMIT) HURT THE MOST?
Having been close to the whole situation with the Spence family I can tell you without a doubt Noah Spence was once Penn State's to loose. Ultimately, though, the combination of the Sandusky scandal and the Urban Meyer hire at Ohio State was just too much for PSU to overcome.
12. HOW DOES PENN STATE STACK UP AGAINST THE REST OF THE BIG TEN?
Penn State has handled itself quite well. We currently have them sixth in the conference and they also have one of the smaller classes with on 19 pledges. The impressive stat to me is average star ranking per player (2.95), which has the Nittany Lions right in the middle of the pack.