I think Joe Paterno did well fulfilling the need for speed, players who can stretch the field. There is a lot of high-end talent, then a dropoff. There are some prospects who were not highly touted who may develop into good college football players.
PSUS BIGGEST LOSS:
Gaither. He's a five-star offensive lineman who is 6-foot-8 and 330 pounds. He could've been a difference-maker on the offensive line.
Chris Baker. He is only in his second season of organized football. He is a tremendous athlete for a big man. I think he'll come in, learn for one to two seasons, and be a force.
The biggest need was speed. They needed play-makers and they have gotten them.
MUST GETS FOR 2006:
Penn State will have to pursue a running back. Knowshon Moreno and LeSean McCoy are the likely targets. Quarterback will be a need and there's no need to leave the state with talented gunslingers Pat Devlin and Zach Frazer close by. Penn State always goes after a top-notch linebacker, and two who fit the bill are Gateways's Dan Loheyde and Thomas Jefferson's Nate Nix.