The Lion's Lounge: July (QB, RB, & WR)

Who are the PSU coaches zeroing in on? Which bluechips have we offered? Find out all you need to know about Penn State recruiting in this edition of the Lion's Lounge, the most complete and fun source for Penn State targets on the internet.

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 defense.

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 position.

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 HS)].

Running Back:
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 about assuming.

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.

Wide Receiver:
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.

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