Sign of the Times? Group Event Set

It is never too early to start developing team chemistry. And it is in that spirit that roughly a dozen members of Penn State's Class of 2006 will meet at a Baltimore-area hotel Wednesday afternoon to sign their letters of intent to become Nittany Lions. With 24 players having commited to PSU, that means about half will be on hand for the ceremony.

Wednesday is the first day of the signing period for college football. Athletes across the nation will be sending their letters to the schools of their choice. But this kind of group signing is, as far as anyone can tell, a unique concept.

“We wanted to celebrate a milestone in the lives of these athletes, and it kind of took on a life all its own,” said Mike Maybin, the father of future Nittany Lion defensive end Aaron Maybin. “The kids all decided that they wanted to support each other in their decisions and the end result is what we're going to see tomorrow.”

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Baltimore-West just off Interstate 695. It will include introductions of the players, the letter signings, a Q-and-A session and then a photograph session.

The site was chosen for its central location in regard to Penn State's Class of 2006. Seven members of the class hail from Maryland -- Maybin, Navorro Bowman, Bani Gbadyu, Antonio Logan-El, Phillip Taylor, A.J. Wallace and J.B. Walton. Of that group, only Bowman, who enrolled at Penn State a semester early, can't make it Wednesday.

Others scheduled to come in for the event (so far) are Pennsylvania standouts Pat Devlin, Tom McEowen and Jared Odrick, as well as Deleware blue-chipper Eric Latimore. will offer full coverage of the event Wednesday.


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