Penn State Makes A Splash In Landing Brooks

The Nittany Lions somehow managed to reel in the top inside linebacker from Virginia after the top OLB in the state jumped ship to another school. It spoke to the preparedness of James Franklin's staff.

Talk about having your ducks in order.

Under James Franklin, Penn State’s recruiting machine clearly has contingencies set for nearly any situation. So when longtime linebacker commit Dylan Rivers flipped to Virginia Tech Jan. 22 — shortly after making his official visit to Happy Valley — the Nittany Lions were prepared. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1750324-top-va-il...

Scout rates the four-star Rivers as the No. 1 outside linebacker in Virginia, but he was expected to play inside linebacker at PSU. Yet even before he tweeted his flip, another four-star Virginia linebacker — Ellis Brooks — tweeted that he had received an offer from Penn State.

And Brooks, who just so happens to be the No. 1 inside linebacker in Virginia and arguably has a more impressive offer list than Rivers, was on an official visit to Oregon when he announced the Nittany Lions’ offer.

By last Wednesday evening, Franklin and defensive coordinator Brent Pry were in Brooks’ home for a visit.

The Brooks Family

And somehow, Penn State arranged for Brooks to make an official visit to campus last Friday through Sunday, which marked the final official visit weekend of this recruiting cycle.

Monday, eight days after Rivers de-committed, Brooks committed to Penn State — refilling the spot Franklin and company had for an inside linebacker.

So to recap here:

• With about 20 spots available for this recruiting class, Penn State intended to take only one inside linebacker.

• It thought it had that ILB in Rivers, who committed to the Lions in November of 2015. 

• With Rivers on board so early, ILB was no longer a priority for this class.

• Rivers flipped to the Hokies a week and a half before Signing Day.

• Before Rivers could even tweet the flip, PSU offered Brooks.

• Three days after offering, the Lions were visiting Brooks.

• Three days after that, Brooks was visiting Penn State.

• And Monday — eight days after the flip — Nittany Lion fans are now saying, “Dylan who?”

This is not just a recruiting machine. It is a well-oiled one, too.

And with the ducks all in order, it was probably only fitting that this story involved Rivers and Brooks. 

Stay tuned for more on this topic.

http://www.scout.com/player/195742-ellis-brooks?s=157


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Talk about having your ducks in order.

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Under James Franklin, Penn State’s recruiting machine clearly has contingencies set for nearly any situation. So when longtime linebacker commit Dylan Rivers flipped to Virginia Tech Jan. 22 — shortly after making his official visit to Happy Valley — the Nittany Lions were prepared. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1750324-top-va-il...

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Scout rates the four-star Rivers as the No. 1 outside linebacker in Virginia, but he was expected to play inside linebacker at PSU. Yet even before he tweeted his flip, another four-star Virginia linebacker — Ellis Brooks — tweeted that he had received an offer from Penn State.

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And Brooks, who just so happens to be the No. 1 inside linebacker in Virginia and arguably has a more impressive offer list than Rivers, was on an official visit to Oregon when he announced the Nittany Lions’ offer.

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By last Wednesday evening, Franklin and defensive coordinator Brent Pry were in Brooks’ home for a visit.

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\"\"The Brooks Family
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And somehow, Penn State arranged for Brooks to make an official visit to campus last Friday through Sunday, which marked the final official visit weekend of this recruiting cycle.

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Monday, eight days after Rivers de-committed, Brooks committed to Penn State — refilling the spot Franklin and company had for an inside linebacker.

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So to recap here:

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• With about 20 spots available for this recruiting class, Penn State intended to take only one inside linebacker.

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• It thought it had that ILB in Rivers, who committed to the Lions in November of 2015. 

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• With Rivers on board so early, ILB was no longer a priority for this class.

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• Rivers flipped to the Hokies a week and a half before Signing Day.

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• Before Rivers could even tweet the flip, PSU offered Brooks.

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• Three days after offering, the Lions were visiting Brooks.

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• Three days after that, Brooks was visiting Penn State.

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• And Monday — eight days after the flip — Nittany Lion fans are now saying, “Dylan who?”

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This is not just a recruiting machine. It is a well-oiled one, too.

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And with the ducks all in order, it was probably only fitting that this story involved Rivers and Brooks. 

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Stay tuned for more on this topic.

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http://www.scout.com/player/195742-ellis-brooks?s=157

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Talk about having your ducks in order.

Under James Franklin, Penn State’s recruiting machine clearly has contingencies set for nearly any situation. So when longtime linebacker commit Dylan Rivers flipped to Virginia Tech Jan. 22 — shortly after making his official visit to Happy Valley — the Nittany Lions were prepared. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1750324-top-va-il...

Scout rates the four-star Rivers as the No. 1 outside linebacker in Virginia, but he was expected to play inside linebacker at PSU. Yet even before he tweeted his flip, another four-star Virginia linebacker — Ellis Brooks — tweeted that he had received an offer from Penn State.

And Brooks, who just so happens to be the No. 1 inside linebacker in Virginia and arguably has a more impressive offer list than Rivers, was on an official visit to Oregon when he announced the Nittany Lions’ offer.

By last Wednesday evening, Franklin and defensive coordinator Brent Pry were in Brooks’ home for a visit.

\"\"The Brooks Family

And somehow, Penn State arranged for Brooks to make an official visit to campus last Friday through Sunday, which marked the final official visit weekend of this recruiting cycle.

Monday, eight days after Rivers de-committed, Brooks committed to Penn State — refilling the spot Franklin and company had for an inside linebacker.

So to recap here:

• With about 20 spots available for this recruiting class, Penn State intended to take only one inside linebacker.

• It thought it had that ILB in Rivers, who committed to the Lions in November of 2015.

• With Rivers on board so early, ILB was no longer a priority for this class.

• Rivers flipped to the Hokies a week and a half before Signing Day.

• Before Rivers could even tweet the flip, PSU offered Brooks.

• Three days after offering, the Lions were visiting Brooks.

• Three days after that, Brooks was visiting Penn State.

• And Monday — eight days after the flip — Nittany Lion fans are now saying, “Dylan who?”

This is not just a recruiting machine. It is a well-oiled one, too.

And with the ducks all in order, it was probably only fitting that this story involved Rivers and Brooks.

Stay tuned for more on this topic.

http://www.scout.com/player/195742-ellis-brooks?s=157

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