Class of 2008

Letter Of Intent Day is here! Today, the Nittany Lions will sign one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

Here are Penn State's known verbal commitments who are expected to sign Letters of Intent today. Who else, if anyone, will the Nittany Lions add to the fold?

Dan Connor (LB) 6-3, 215
Wallingford, PA (Strath Haven HS)
Ranked by as the #2 linebacker prospect in the nation. Led Strath Haven to 3 straight Pennsylvania AAA Championship games. Named AAA Player of the Year. Athletic with tremendous aggressiveness. Dan plays like the son of a coach, exhibiting textbook fundamentals. Dan chose PSU over Notre Dame and Michigan.
Anthony Morelli (QB) 6-4, 216
Pittsburgh, PA (Penn Hills HS)
Ranked by as the #3 quarterback prospect in the nation. Morelli was 96/184 for 1,649 yards, 15 TD passes and only 4 interceptions this season. As a 4-year starter, he was 268/590 for 5,244 yards and 56 touchdown passes. Named to the 2003 Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Fabulous 22".
Greg Harrison (OL) 6-5, 299
Shenandoah, PA (Shenandoah Valley JSHS)
Ranked by as the #4 offensive line prospect in the nation, and the 28th best prospect at any position. The 1st Team All-State (Class A) selection has been projected as a guard on the next level, but could play tackle.
A.Q. Shipley (DT) 6-2, 285
Coraopolis, PA (Moon Area HS)
Ranked by as the #14 defensive tackle prospect in the nation. As a senior, A.Q. earned several post-season honors including: 1st Team Class AAA All-State, NSN Elite 11 (Western PA), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 and Parkway Conference Top 22 All-Star.
Tyrell Sales (LB) 6-3, 231
Butler, PA (Butler HS)
Ranked by as the #16 linebacker prospect in the nation. Tyrell had a very good senior season, racking up 96 tackles, 11 for a loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. Chose Penn State over Pittsburgh, Ohio State, and Virginia.
Mike Lucian (DL) 6-3, 255
Frederick, MD (Linganore HS)
Though ranked by as the #10 tight end prospect in the nation, Mike will probably play on the defensive line at PSU. After an impressive senior season, he earned 1st Team All State (Maryland) honors.
Dontey Brown (LB) 6-3, 252
Mc Keesport, PA (Mckeesport Area SHS)
Ranked by as the #27 linebacker prospect in the nation. A true middle linebacker, Dontey hails from the same school as former Nittany Lion Brandon Short. The 1st Team All-State (AAAA) at linebacker led McKeesport with 93 tackles (65 solos) and four sacks.
Jordan Lyons (QB/TE) 6-5, 225
College Park, GA (Woodward Academy)
Though ranked by as the #16 tight end prospect in the nation, Joe Paterno promised Jordan a shot at the quarterback position. As a senior, Lyons threw for over 1,400 yards including 15 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, and rushed for over 1,000 yards including 14 touchdowns.
Josh Gaines (DE) 6-3, 256
Fort Wayne, IN (Northrop HS)
Though ranked by as the #24 tight end prospect in the nation, Josh is slated to play defensive end at Penn State. He was named 5A Defensive Player of the Year in Indiana this season.
Spencer Ridenhour (Saf) 6-0, 212
White Plains, NY (White Plains SHS)
Named to Student Sports Nike Football Training Camp All-Americans earlier this summer, Spencer turned everyone's heads with his size, speed, and agility. A strong safety on defense, you will be hard pressed to find a more imposing looking player outside of a NFL training camp.
Jed Hill (TE) 6-4, 247
Struthers, OH (Struthers HS)
Earned an offer at Penn State's summer camp where he ran a 4.7 40-yard dash on grass, ran a 4.1 shuttle, jumped 34 inches in the vertical leap and benched 225 pounds an astonishing 25 times. More importantly, he displayed impressive blocking skills and a great pair of hands. Chose PSU over Michigan and Syracuse.
Gerald Cadogan (OL) 6-7, 310
Portsmouth, OH (Portsmouth HS)
A model left tackle, Gerald choose Penn State over Michigan, Northwestern, and Boston College in early August. Shows good athleticism. Cadogan was named 1st Team All-State after his senior season.
Trent Varva (OL/DL) 6-3, 310
Lake Orion, MI (Lake Orion Community HS)
Another quick and tough lineman, Trent brings versatility to the line--he can play center or guard for the Nittany Lions. Trent had a terrific senior season, which propelled him to the prestigious Detroit Free Press Dream Team.
Daryll Clark (QB) 6-3, 190
Youngstown, OH (Ursuline HS)
Daryll is a strong-armed quarterback with quick feet, good mobility and the ability to read defenses. Clark may need to spend a year at Kiski Prep if he cannot qualify academically.
Dan Lawlor (FB) 6-3, 235
Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland Valley HS)
A well rounded fullback, Dan's coach compares him favorably to former CVHS star Jon Ritchie. The top fullback prospect in the state earned 1st Team All-State honors this season after rushing for over 1,500 yards and scoring 36 touchdowns.
Matt Hahn (RB) 6-1, 215
Melville, NY (St. Anthonys HS)
Matt led St. Anthonys to its 3rd straight title. His more than 2,000 yards rushing and 36 touchdowns earned him 1st Team All-State, NY Daily News Player of the Year, and CHSFL Player of the Year honors.
Wyatt Bowman (OL) 6-5, 330
Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland Valley HS)
Wyatt Bowman was the first name out of the mouth of Marty Spaulding, the line coach at this year's Penn State Nike Camp, when asked who impressed him. At that camp, Bowman was an animal and a mauler who just destroyed everyone he went up against. He has great strength, moves well and plays with a nice mean streak on the field.
Tony Davis (CB) 6-0, 180
Warren, OH (Howland HS)
Led team to its 1st MAC Title. Rushed for 1,818 yards, 17 TDs and added 8 catches for 221 yards, 3 TDs, earning him AP 2003 Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors (Division II). He also made 38 tackles and added 3 ints to bring his career total to 14. Trumbull County Player of the Year.
Mark Rubin (WR) 6-3, 205
Amherst, NY (Amherst Central HS)
Wowed coaches at Boston College, Syracuse, and Penn State camps this summer, earning offers from each. Mark has lowered his 40-time to the 4.45 area now. During his senior season, Mark set or broke (more like shattered) many of the receiving records of western New York state.
Rich Ohrnberger (OL/DL) 6-3, 275
East Meadow, NY (East Meadow HS)
A stellar senior season earned Ohrnberger both the Martrone Award (Nassau's outstanding lineman) and the Tom Thorp Award (Nassau's outstanding football player). He is just the third lineman in the last 25 years to win the Thorp Award.
Elijah Robinson (DL) 6-3, 290
Camden, NJ (Wilson HS)
Robinson signed with Tulane last year, but after failing to qualify, he sat out the 2003 season and reopened his recruitment before ultimately choosing the Nittany Lions. The big, powerful defensive lineman is already enrolled at Penn State.
Austin Hinton (OL) 6-4, 285
Secaucus, NJ (Secaucus HS)
Austin's name first surfaced when Tom Lemming named him as the preseason #13 overall tackle. Hinton is very athletic and has good quickness and tremendous footwork. Austin gives Penn State another agile offensive lineman, most likely beginning his career at guard.
Paul Cianciolo (QB) 6-5, 218
, North Charleston, SC (Fort Dorchester HS)
Paul finished up with a little over 3,100 passing yards, 30 touchdown passes, 8 rushing TDs, and a 60% completion percentage. In 3 playoff games, he threw for nearly 1,000 yards.
Adam DiMichele (DB) 6-1, 175
Mc Kees Rocks, PA (Sto-Rox HS)
Adam threw for 2,706 yards and 36 touchdowns his senior season and was named the AP Class A Player of the Year. The 3-year starter amassed a WPIAL record 6,741 career passing yards.
Kevin Suhey (QB/DB) 6-1, 195
State College, PA (State College Area HS)
Grandson, son, and nephew of former Penn State greats, Kevin has Nittany Lion blue in his blood. He led State College HS to within a game of the PIAA Quad-A Championship game. Although Kevin missed 1 1/2 games due to a shoulder injury, he still managed to complete 135 of 214 passes (63%) for 1,637 yards and 12 touchdowns while throwing only 3 interceptions.

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