Closing Out the 2006 Class

With Letter of Intent Day quickly approaching we thought it made sense to review the successes and remaining targets the Penn State coaches have on their recruiting radars. Although the Nittany Lion staff has had some success landing top prospects for the Class of 2006 so far, the coaches are looking to close out this class in impressive style.

Several of the Nittany Lion coaches are multi-tasking, preparing their units for the Orange Bowl against Florida State, while also concentrating on how they will close out the Class of 2006 in impressive fashion.

Often prospects are recruited by multiple coaches, which often include a coach responsible for the prospect's region and another who handles the prospect's projected position at PSU. Typically the program's recruiting coordinator, Mike McQueary, is involved with every recruiting effort as well, serving as the liason between the program and prospect.

On the recruiting front, here is where many of the PSU coaches are spending the bulk of their time between now and Letter of Intent Day in early February.

Dick Anderson

Anderson has found success with this year's class so far by landing Cedric Jeffries, Doug Klopacz and Brett Brackett. Currently he is battling Notre Dame, South Carolina and Virginia Tech for Lou Eliades.

Tom Bradley

With Bradley getting a verbal from the WPIAL's top running back, Travis McBride, he is now focused on another western Pennsylvanian prospect in Elijah Fields and also a big lineman from the Sunshine State in Sam Young.

Galen Hall

Penn State's offensive coordinator has most of his contact with recruits when they make official visits to campus. But he has been out to see Virginia standout Evan Royster.

Larry Johnson

Perhaps no other coach has as much on their recruiting plate as Johnson. So far, he has already landed Jared Odrick, Bani Gbadyu, Navorro Bowman, Aaron Maybin, Abe Koroma and Tom McEowen. Among the prospects still on his list are Aaron Berry, Maurice Evans, Antonio Logan-El, LeSean McCoy, Evan Royster, Phillip Taylor, A.J. Wallace and J.B. Walton.

Bill Kenney

Currently, Penn State's offensive line coach is in pursuit of several prospects, including Brent Carter and Jeremiha Hunter. He is also tag-teaming linemen Antonio Logan-El and J.B. Walton with Larry Johnson.

Brian Norwood

With Norwood already getting Ollie Ogbu's commitment for this class, he is also pursuing a variety of other prospects, including Vidal Hazelton, Andrew Quarless and Parker Cantey. Coach Norwood is also working with Johnson on defensive backs Maurice Evans and A.J. Wallace.

Jay Paterno

Penn State's quarterback coach has been pursuing Thaddeus Gibson, who is down to the Wolverines, Buckeyes and Nittany Lions.

Ron Vanderlinden

Penn State's linebacker coach has already pulled in Eric Latimore for the Class of 2006, however he is also focused on landing Ramone Johnson and Johnnie Troutman.

Wondering how the coaches are expected to fare with their recruiting targets? Check out the FightOnState.com Fearless Forecast, which lays out the recruiting predicitions of Bob Lichtenfels, Rob Riva, Jamie Trescavage, Scott Cole and Steve Curry.

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