Penn State Class of 2007 Breakdown: Part 3

Our player-by-player breakdown of Penn State Class of 2007 continues with five more athletes who signed with the Nittany Lions Wednesday. Get the lowdown on a juco, a couple of legacies, a huge tight end and a Carolina prospect from FOS recruiting reporter Cory James.

Andrew Dailey (Washington High, Massillon, Ohio): This 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker was an impact player on a very good team this season. Dailey chose Penn State over Florida, Nebraska and Illinois, among others. He played a safety/rover role in high school so he will have to adapt to playing in the box at Penn State. Dailey knew he had to add some size to play linebacker at Penn State and we were impressed when he reported gaining roughly 10 pounds of good weight this offseason. He has a lot of lateral quickness, which is key to the linebacker play at Penn State. Dailey has a nose for the football and was able to come up with some big plays with his athletic ability. The big issue for Dailey will be the transition to a true linebacker position, but the added size and his work ethic leave us with no doubt that he can transition well. There is a long line to get on the field at linebacker for Penn State; it should be interesting to see how quickly Dailey moves up that line.

Stephfon Green (John F. Kennedy High, Bronx, N.Y.): This 5- 11, 185-pound defensive back played in the New York area, which is not known for great high school football players, but he was able to showcase his skills against some good talent. Green faced off against Maryland commit Lansford Watson (4-star prospect) and Green was able to effectively shut him down this season. Green is a very physical, strong cornerback and has a nasty attitude on defense. Penn State always likes guys with a motor and Green certainly has that. Green is coming off a senior season that was cut short with a fractured leg and a chipped bone in his ankle, but reports are that Green is recovering nicely. Green was also a very successful running back at John F. Kennedy so he may get a look at running back with Penn State having a need at that position. It should be interesting to see where Green lines up in practice this fall and how he rebounds from the leg injury that shortened his senior season.

Kevion Latham (Page High School, Greensboro, N.C.): This 6-3, 235-pound defensive end is coming off a monster senior season in which he racked up 93 tackles, 23 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Latham is an effective pass rusher when he can get the edge, but he is someone who will need to add size to really make a full impact on the college level. Latham seems to struggle a bit when someone can get in on him and get under his pads. Latham could be a good weakside pass rusher at Penn State after adding some size in the weight program and improving his technique with defensive line coach Larry Johnson. We don't expect Latham to make an impact for a year or two with the guys in front of him from the past few years, but when he gets bigger and gets coached up, look out.

Nick Sukay (Greensburg Central Catholic High, Greensburg, Pa.): This 6-3, 205-pound safety prospect has already started classes at Penn State, so he should have a step on his fellow classmates. Sukay chose Penn State over Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and a host of others. Sukay was a standout wide receiver and safety at Greensburg. It appears Penn State has him pegged for the safety position. Sukay already has very fluid hips and is a cut kid for as young as he is. He is a very polished athlete with a great competitive drive. Sukay's experience as a wide receiver has really helped him read routes and break on receivers' routes, and his size make him an excellent candidate to come up and support the run. Look for Sukay to compete for playing time at Penn State this fall. Even if Sukay doesn't make an impact this year on defense, we expect him to be an impact safety in the future at Penn State.


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