Offensive lineman Michal Menet was THE must-get guy in the class for multiple reasons. Let's tackle each.
1. Position Of Need
If the last two seasons have told us anything about the Penn State roster, it is that a talent infusion is needed on the offensive line. An extremely athletic 6-foot-4, 270-pounder (his pro shuttle at PSU's camp was a mind-blowing 4.33 seconds), Menet has the look of a multiple-year starter. He is also versatile, and we expect him to grow into the type of blocker who can play anywhere along the offensive line. How soon will he make an impact? Well, it is easy to look at his weight and wonder about that. But we'd point out that Stefen Wisniewski was listed at 6-3, 283 as a true freshman at PSU in 2007, and he managed to work his way into the rotation that year.
2. Controlling The Turf
Menet is from Reading, in the heart of Pennsylvania. It is the epitome of “Penn State Country.” Locking down the area's top prospect in years was important as James Franklin and company aim to dominate the state. He is also from a family of longtime Penn State fans. Look at it another way - how bad would it have looked for PSU had Menet gone somewhere else?
3. What Staff Changes?
For all of the angst among some fans over the recent changes to Franklin's staff, it really did not have much of an impact in recruiting. Take the case of Menet. The man who recruited his area (offensive coordinator John Donovan) was fired after the regular season. The man who coached his position (Herb Hand) left for Auburn in early January. And yet Menet never waffled.