FOS Lions' Lounge: Offense

With a limited number of scholarships on the slate for the Class of 2007 and seven players already committed to Penn State, get a closer look at where the Nittany Lions stand with the players on their offer board. has brought back a classic - the Lions' Lounge, which takes a closer look at Penn State's recruiting board and where they stand by position. In this edition we look at the Lions' recruiting efforts on the offensive side of the ball.

FOS' Prospect Key:

***** - Penn State verbal commitment
**** - Penn State leads or co-leads.
*** - Penn State is very much in the picture.
** - Penn State is barely in the picture.
* - Penn State has offered but is not involved.


With Anthony Morelli the odds-on favorite to get the starting job, Daryll Clark, Paul Cianciolo and Kevin Suhey vying for back up duties and Pat Devlin and Brett Brackett preparing to kickoff their college careers, the Lions seem to be set at the quarterback position for the coming season. This, in turn, does not make the position a priority for the Class of 2007 and hence has seen very limited recruiting activity.

* Tyrod Taylor: 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Hampton, Va.

Despite an offer from the Nittany Lions, Penn State is off Taylor's radar. Scout considers him among the best quarterbacks nationally. Currently he has narrowed his list down to Florida, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

Wide Receiver:

When it comes to positions benefiting from young, deep talent, the PSU receiving corps is on the top of the list. Boasting young veterans like Deon Butler, Derrick Williams and Jordan Norwood, potential impact players like Terrell Golden and James McDonald and incoming freshman All-American Chris Bell, the unit is very healthy and very deep. That is not to say the Lions are not interesting in adding some more talent to the mix. In fact, their new high-flying offense has caught the eye of some wideout prospects.

**** Derek Moye: 6-foot-5, 175 pounds, Rochester, Pa.

The Nittany Lions are recruiting Moye as an athlete and intend to give him looks at a variety of positions. Named All-Conference and All-League as a junior, Moye rushed for 1,131 yards on 131 carries and scored 17 touchdowns. He also caught 24 passes for 536 yards and nine touchdowns. His final four are Pitt, Boston College, Penn State and Maryland. Moye attended a PSU junior day and says he likes the University Park campus and what the staff did with the freshmen last season.

**** Maurice Williams: 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Erie, Pa.

With offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Michigan State, Georgia and Maryland, this four star wideout has a strong interest in the Nittany Lions. Williams has visited PSU several times since his sister attends PSU. As he told FOS recently, ""I have a real high interest in Penn State." PSU is recruiting Williams as a possible wideout or defensive back.

*** Lansford Watson: 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Brooklyn, N.Y.

A five star wideout, Watson has consistently shown interest in Maryland, USC, Florida State, North Carolina and Penn State, all of whom have offered. As a junior, Watson hauled in 53 catches for over 850 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He is not expected to make a decision until after the 2006 season.

** Taurian Washington: 6-foot, 170 pounds, Orchard Lake, Mi.

With offers from the likes of N.C. State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Iowa and Purdue, it seems that the favorites for the four star wideout are Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State. All of these teams has offer, except for the Buckeyes, who are expected to do so shortly after Washington impressed at OSU's senior camp last weekend.

* Greg Little: 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Durham, N.C.

Penn State seems all but off Little's radar as of this stage. With over 50 offers, Little appears most interested in Notre Dame, USC, Florida, North Carolina, Clemson, Michigan and Virginia.

* Arrelious Benn: 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Washington, D.C.

Despite coming from the same school as current Nittany Lion wide receiver James McDonald, Benn has not shown interest in Penn State since the outset of his recruitment. His current favorites are Florida State, Notre Dame, USC, Maryland and Illinois.

Offensive Line

As one of the toughest positions to predict success at the collegiate level, the Nittany Lion staff always seems to have offensive linemen towards the top of their priority list. However, with the likes of Antonio Logan-El, J.B. Walton and Lou Eliades in the Class of 2006, the offensive line is not quite a big of a priority with this class.

***** Josh Marks: 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, Catawissa, Pa.

With offers from West Virginia, Pitt, Rutgers and Temple, Marks is considered among the top linemen prospects in Pennsylvania. The four star lineman made his pledge to PSU on May 20, saying "I just really felt like I could make Penn State my home."

**** Stefen Wisniewski: 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, Pittsburgh, Pa.

With over 15 offers, Penn State, Boston College, Michigan and North Carolina on his short list of favorites. The four star lineman says he is not planning on deciding for some time. However, with an impressive family connection (his father and uncle played for PSU) and a strong level of comfort it is clear that PSU is in the thick of this battle.

*** Will Alvarez: 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, Woodbridge, Va.

The four star prospect says he plans on visiting PSU this summer along with trips to UNC, Virginia Tech and Miami. With 17 offers Alvarez indicates he does not expect to make a decision until later this year.

*** Devon Still: 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Wilmington, De.

Still recently named Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Miami among his favorites. He is particularly fond of defensive line coach Larry Johnson. He does not plan to narrow his list down until August.

Running Back:

Given that Tony Hunt and Austin Scott are wrapping up their careers, running back is a significant need for Penn State with the Class of 2007. The Lions have junior Rodney Kinlaw and incoming potential backs Evan Royster, Brent Carter and A.J. Wallace, however the staff realizes they need to extend the depth of the position.

**** Doug Hogue: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Bronx, N.Y.

Hogue rushed for 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns earning himself All-Section and All-League honors for his efforts. Houge recently visited Penn State and came away impressed, saying "I would say that visit has put Penn State up a notch above the other schools." He also has offers from Syracuse and Maryland.

*** Malcomb Smith: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Woodland Hills, Ca.

Boasting offers from USC, Cal, Penn State and Michigan. All of which are listed among his favorites, including Notre Dame, which has not offered yet. Smith says he plans on visiting Happy Valley in the future. His brother goes to USC and he says winning is a major factor in his decision process.

*** Robert Hughes: 5-foot-11, 227 pounds, Chicago, Ill.

A four star "power back," Hughes rushed for 1,920 yards and was named an All-State and All-Area selection in 2005. Hughes has attracted interest from around the country, picking up offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia, Notre Dame and Penn State. Hughes plans on narrowing his list to ten in the coming weeks.

** Broderick Green: 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Little Rock, Ar.

Green's recruitment is a big of an enigma. The USC commitment has offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Tennessee and Penn State and considered one of the top running backs in the nation. Although he has verbally pledged to the Trojans, he has also said "I think I'll visit Penn State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Texas."

* Daronte McNeil: 6-foot-2, 219 pounds, Elizabeth City, N.C.

McNeil rushed for 2,521 yards and 31 touchdowns. Although he has a Penn State offer, as well as offers from Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Virginia Tech, the situation with PSU has seemingly cooled in recent months.

Tight End:

With Jordan Lyons, Mickey Shuler, Francis Claude, Brennan Coakley and incoming freshmen standout Andrew Quarless, the Nittany Lions have numbers, but are looking for solid depth at the tight end position with this class.

***** Jon Ditto: 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, Monroeville, Pa.

Ditto, a four star prospect rated as the eleventh best tight end in the country, joined PSU's Class of 2007 in early June. He caught 29 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns last season and is said to have a very aggressive style of play. He chose Penn State over Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Pitt.

**** Andrew Szczerba: 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Wilmington, De.

With offers from Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Rutgers and West Virginia, Szczerba recently told FOS that he is focused on Maryland, Virginia and Penn State. He has indicated he would like to remain relatively close to home.

*** Devonte Campbell: 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Forestville, Md.

Hailing from the same school as incoming freshman Antonio Logan-El, Campbell currently has offers from Maryland, Virginia, Penn State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Illinois and Kansas State. Campbell has not narrowed his favorites down but expects to do so in the coming weeks. He says he has no favorites currently. He caught 20 receptions for 768 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2005.

*** Rob Gronkowski: 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Williamsville, N.Y.

With over 20 offers, including Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, North Carolina and Boston College, Gronkowski seems to be wide open at this stage and says he plans to make a decision after the 2006 season.

** Wesley Saunders: 6-foot-5, 269 pounds, Durham, N.C.

Saunders earned All-Region and All-Conference honors after pulling in 20 catches for 308 yards and six touchdowns at tight end this past season. Currently he has offers from Clemson, East Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Penn State. It seems that UNC is the odds on favorite with Saunders though.


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