With the exception of the news that some very high caliber players are looking very, very closely at Penn State, Nittany Lion recruiting news has been quite slow this summer. In the next couple days, LionNews will review the movement and changes that occurred at each position in the recruiting process for those prospects considering Penn State.
It seems at this point highly unlikely that Penn State will sign a high
school quarterback with this class. By signing a glut of
potential quarterbacks in last year's class, Penn State could have
three true freshman (Anthony Morelli, Jordan Lyons, and Paul Cianciolo)
backing up Zack Mills and Co. Add into the
mix 2004 signee Daryll Clark, who will spend at least this fall at
Kiski Prep, and greyshirt Kevin Suhey, who will probably end up on
Norfolk, Va. (Granby HS) quarterback Bobby Rome claims to have received
a written offer from Penn State. While he is very mobile and has
a strong arm, Bobby measured in at a spring Nike Camp at only
5'11''. He has the potential to fit it nicely at a safety
It may be in Penn State's best interest to skip signing a quarterback
this off season, instead focusing on an in-state crop of signal callers
that could rival the
class of Morelli, Henne, and Steffy when all is said and done.
We've heard that Penn State has already shown an interest in Zack
Frazier [Mechanicsburg (Mechanicsburg HS)], Jeremy Ricker [Harrisburg
(Bishop McDevitt HS)], and Pat Devlin [Downingtown (Downingtown East
What many Penn State fans fail to realize about the tailback position
is that it may be the thinnest position on the roster. We see
names like Scott, Hunt, and Kinlaw and think about the quality and
potential that this group has to offer, although all are still very
unproven. While others feel Kinlaw will be all set to go this
fall, rumors from pretty good sources persist that the speedster's knee
is not yet 100% healed from his ligament injury. Incoming
freshman Matt Hahn adds depth to the position, but one can only assume
he will be a tailback at Penn State. The word "assume" and Joe
Paterno are a dangerous combination -- you know how the old saying goes
When talking to prospects and reading updates from the various Internet
sites, it does not appear that Penn State has really made a push to
interest any senior running back. Names like Shane Brooks, J.R. Hasty, Rashawn Jackson, Mike Davis, Steve Slaton, Mario Henry, and
others keep lingering, but none has expressed even a medium interest in
the Nittany Lions. One can only assume (there's that dirty word
again) that Penn State will make a tremendous push to get junior LeSean McCoy [Harrisburg (Bishop McDevitt HS)], who at this point appears to
be the #1 underclassman prospect in the Keystone State for 2005.
Rumor has it there is a mutual interest between parties, but there is a
long way to go in that young man's recruitment.
Easily the most disappointing aspect of the Nittany Lion squad last
season (which is a momentous statement considering they were 3-9),
Nittany Lions fans have been rejuvenated by Joe Paterno's hiring of
Galen Hall for the offensive coordinator spot to replace the relocated
Fran Ganter. Hall, a pass happy coach, has one of the most
respected offensive minds in all of college and professional
football. With some very high quality, young quarterbacks to work
with, Galen Hall has the ability to sell Penn State to young wide
receivers. In the last month, we've all seen and heard that the
nation's #1 player, Derrick Williams, is looking hard at Penn
State. Another big time pass catcher, Nyan Boateng from Brooklyn,
has Penn State right there at the top of his list just slightly behind
Maryland. In addition, Washington, DC's James McDonald still
lists Penn State in his top three, Morelli's teammate David Harvey is
still looking closely at Penn State, as is Brian Robiskie of Ohio.
With Josh Hannum transferring to Ursinus to be closer to his family,
Penn State has the ability to offer early playing time at a position
that has traditionally been the place where most true freshmen are able
to make an immediate impact. If the Nittany Lions come out
throwing the ball effectively, there should be no problem signing some
play makers to enhance the abilities of some of our young stars to be.
Tomorrow - I'll take a look at
the offensive line, tight end, and special teams to see where Penn
State stands with each of those positions.
The Lion's Lounge: July (QB, RB, & WR)
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