Penn State players Vanderbilt should target

Among the list of sanctions handed down by both the NCAA and the Big Ten there is one item that should perk the interest of James Franklin and his staff. Due in part to the four year bowl ban placed on the school the NCAA has waived the transfer requirement that say any player moving between schools at the same level (FBS in this case) has to sit out a year.

Essentially the NCAA made every Penn State player and recruit a free agent. With that being said here are three players Vanderbilt should be interested in bringing to Nashville.

Michael Mauti

One position the Commodores could use some serious depth is linebacker and Michael Mauti should be on the staff's radar. Though the senior has flashed NFL level talent he will not be as widely chased as fellow outside ‘backer Gerald Hodges (an all Big Ten player who will have his pick of schools) creating an opportunity if Vanderbilt decides to go after him. Mauti had 21 tackles in three games last year as a senior before tearing his ACL. According to all sources his rehab was a success and he has back the sideline to sideline speed which had many adding his name to the list of Linebacker U. standouts before he got hurt.

Adrian Amos

Amos is a corner back from Maryland who Vanderbilt had interest in during the recruiting process before he signed with Penn State. As with most defensive positions you can never have enough able bodies at corner, and Amos is certainly that having seen plenty of time as a true freshman on a Penn State defense which ranked third against the pass in the Big Ten. With players lost to graduation Amos was expected to start at corner for the Nittany Lions this year, but his athleticism and natural ball playing instincts would look ideal in Commodore black and gold.

Steven Bench

Bench is a QB who was raised in the heart of SEC country (Camilla. Ga.) before being lured away into the Happy Valley recruiting class of 2012. Now, with no way to ever play postseason football at Penn State, he might be worth a call to see if he can be brought close to home. A 3-star prospect, Bench is worth a look because you can never have too many potential signal callers in the system.



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