Lichtenfels Quick Takes

Now that we’ve hit a bit of a calm after the letter-of-intent-day storm, Scout.com analyst Bob Lichtenfels has had a chance to sit back and survey the scene. This is his quick-hitting take on the Nittany Lions’ class, which, as of this writing, checked in at No. 29 in Scout’s national rankings.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS:

“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.”

SURPRISES:

“I was surprised by the fact that Jared Gaither didn't sign with Penn State. I was waiting for a big surprise, possibly something that no one was expecting, and so far we haven't heard that.”

PSU’S 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.”

HIDDEN GEM:

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.”

MEETING NEEDS:

“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.”

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