2010 Freshman Class, Hello!

Penn State didn’t have to worry about the usual National Letter of Intent Signing Day drama. Unlike the plurality of college football programs on signing day, Joe Paterno’s crew likes to lock up their recruiting classes early.

The Nittany Lions’ very first recruit in the 2010 freshman class, linebacker Mike Hull gave his solid verbal to Penn State all the way back on Thanksgiving… 2008. And while quarterback Paul Jones was in one day, out the next for a few months, he gave his first verbal to Penn State in January 2009.

The next big wave of recruits came in May and June of last year. Running back Silas Redd and lineman Luke Graham verbaled in May. That was followed up by another swell of summer verbals, beginning with linemen Tom Ricketts and Miles Dieffenbach. Over the next few months, Penn State’s 2010 freshman class was looking better and better:

6/14/09 – TE/DE Kyle Baublitz†
6/26/09 – DT Evan Hailes†
6/27/09 – G/DT Daquan Jones
7/1/09 – WR Levi Norwood*
7/10/09 – QB Robert Bolden
7/14/09 – WR Alex Kenney
7/27/09 – TE Kevin Haplea†
7/30/09 – DE/LB Dakota Royer†
7/30/09 – DE C.J. Olaniyan
9/11/09 – FB Zach Zwinak
10/05/09 – LB Khairi Fortt†
10/18/09 – OL Khamrone Kolb
1/26/10 – CB Shyquawn Pullium*
1/28/10 – LB Brad Bars
(*as of 1 p.m. on Signing Day, have not faxed LOI, but are expected to in the afternoon; †Enrolled early, including Paul Jones and Silas Redd)

Notice only two of Penn State’s 20 recruits actually verbally committed in 2010; and they weren’t even the highest profile names in the class. This year’s recruiting class is the absolute epitome of how Penn State operates. Paterno and his crew would love to get the process done with as early as possible, then move right on into winter workouts and spring practice.

For tomorrow’s Thursday Question, the LBU staff will hand out grades for this freshman class, so I won’t offer too much judgment right now. However, this is a really special class, that has the opportunity to surpass the accomplishments of any other class from the last 10 years.

Here is the full Class of 2010:

Pos 2010 Class Ht Wt 40 Rank Hometown Verbal
QB Robert Bolden 6-4 200 4.55 2/7 Orchard Lake, MI/St. Mary Signed LOI
QB Paul Jones† 6-3 226 4.8 7/2 McKees Rocks, PA/Sto-Rox Signed LOI
RB Silas Redd† 5-10 200 4.45 5/15 Stamford, CT/King&Low-Heywood Thomas Signed LOI
FB Zach Zwinak 6-2 230 4.5 1/1 Frederick, MD/Linganore Signed LOI
WR Alex Kenney 6-0 194 4.41 63/53 State College, PA/State College Area Signed LOI
WR Levi Norwood 6-2 170 4.55 NR/131 Waco, TX/Midway Signed LOI
TE Kyle Baublitz† (Scout:DE) 6-4 254 5.13 7/28 York, PA/Central York Signed LOI
TE Kevin Haplea† 6-4 226 4.75 24/5 Annandale, NJ/North Hunterdon Signed LOI
C Miles Dieffenbach 6-5 277 5.5 4/6 Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel Area Signed LOI
G Luke Graham 6-5 260 4.83 16/11 Harrison City, PA/Penn Trafford Signed LOI
G Daquan Jones (Scout:DT) 6-4 302 5.4 17/10 Johnson City, NY/Johnson City Signed LOI
OL Khamrone Kolb 6-6 300 5.1 NT/77 Burke, VA/Lake Braddock Signed LOI
OT Thomas Ricketts 6-6 265 5.19 19/32 Wexford, PA/St. Mary Signed LOI
DE C.J. Olaniyan 6-5 230 4.65 15/18 Warren, MI/Warren Mott Signed LOI
DE Dakota Royer† (Scout:OLB) 6-3 211 4.66 22/14 Manheim, PA/Manheim Central Signed LOI
DT Evan Hailes† 6-1 305 5.00 19/8 Chesapeake, VA/Oscar F. Smith Signed LOI
LB Khairi Fortt† 6-2 220 4.58 2/5 Stamford, CT/Stamford Signed LOI
LB Mike Hull (Scout:MLB) 6-1 215 4.55 8/2 Canonsburg, PA/Canon-Mcmillan Signed LOI
LB Brad Bars (Scout:DE) 6-3 225 4.5 NR/NR Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Academy Signed LOI
DB Shyquawn Pullium 6-0 180 4.6 NR/122 Erie, PA/Cathedral Prep Signed LOI

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† Will enroll for Spring semester
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