April 13, 2010

Tuesday Recruitin': Scout releases Top 300

Eric Shrive faxing in his letter, 10 months after giving a verbal commitment to the Lions.

In terms of handing out offers, recruiting action could take a dip. Penn State has about 20 offers out right now, which is about right for mid-Spring. As players fall away, you can be sure the Nittany Lions staff will replace those lost prospects with new ones.

Even though the offers could slow, it's far from unusual for Penn State to begin receiving verbal commitments from recruits. Take, for example, Penn State's class of 2009. By May 15, 2008, Mark Arcidacono, Frank Figueroa, Darrel Givens (never enrolled), Ty Howle, Stephen Obeng-Ogyapong, Eric Shrive, Derrick Thomas, and Malcolm Willis all gave solid verbal commitments to the Nittany Lions.

While I'm not predicting that this class will come close to that number, it's a great snapshot of how Penn State likes to get it's recruiting classes in early.

"New" Offer

I'll admit, I missed this one. But it looks like back in March Penn State offered Kentucky offensive line prospect Zach West (Rivals/Scout/ESPN), out of Lexington Christian. He's not a super star recruit, but comes out of the Bluegrass State with a good review among scouts. West has offers from a couple BCS programs, including Cincinnati, Louisville, and Arkansas.

Penn State doesn't exactly have a reputation for recruiting well in Kentucky (or anywhere in the South, really), but someone must have seen something in this kid.


Late last week, the Scout.com 2010 Top-300 Recruits was released. Here are some names that have Penn State either listed in the "schools of interest" slot, or are being actively recruited by the Nittany Lions:

Visit the Linebacker-U.com recruiting board for the latest tally of recruits claiming offers from Penn State for 2011.
West Allegheny's Mike Caputo (7) runs to the endzone for the first touchdown during West Allegheny's win over Moon. (Photo: Beaver County Times/Kevin Lorenzi)

No. 7 OT Cyrus Kouandjio
No. 13 TE Ben Koyack
No. 15 LB Lawrence Thomas (MSU commit)
No. 23 CB Doran Grant
No. 26 RB Savon Huggins
No. 43 LB Travis Hughes
No. 67 OT Conor Hanratty
No. 73 OG Angelo Mangiro
No. 88 RB Jameel Poteat
No. 92 WR Darius Jennings
No. 103 OG Landon Turner
No. 110 LB Michael Caputo
No. 120 OG Anthony Zettel
No. 127 OT Tony Springmann
No. 146 RB Remound Wright
No. 159 DT Kevin McReynolds
No. 180 S Eilar Hardy
No. 183 CB Kyshoen Jarrett
No. 185 WR Ja'Juan Story
No. 195 S Sheldon Royster
No. 213 CB Terrell Chestnut
No. 224 LB Quentin Gause
No. 225 WR Tanner McEvoy
No. 227 WR Christian Conley
No. 234 DE Dylan Wynn
No. 248 OT Aundrey Walker
No. 251 CB Miles Shuler
No. 256 WR Quinta Funderburk
No. 259 OT Jay Whitmire
No. 269 DT Marquise Wright
No. 285 WR Dondi Kirby
No. 290 DE Shawn Oakman
No. 299 DT Darian Cooper

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  1. Summary of the 33:

    By State:
    CA 1
    CT 1
    DC 1
    FL 1
    GA 1
    IN 2
    MD 4
    MI 1
    NJ 7
    NY 2
    OH 3
    PA 5
    VA 4

    By Position:
    CB 4
    DE 2
    DT 3
    MLB 1
    OG 3
    OLB 1
    OT 6
    RB 3
    S 2
    TE 1
    WR 7

    Fastest (based on available stats):
    4.37 (CB)
    4.38 (CB)
    4.42 (WR)
    4.46 (WR)
    4.48 (RB)
    4.50 (CB)
    4.50 (OLB)
    4.50 (WR)

    Observations of PSU actions:
    - Only 5 of 33 are from PA
    - No surprise, no QB
    - Only 2 LBs -- current group is good!
    - 7 WRs despite so many on roster
    - No punter/kicker -- not usually in top 300
    - Enough takers for 15-16 scholarships?
    - Not as fast a group as last year?

    Observation of action by other colleges:
    - Top teams not interested: only Texas, Boise St, TCU, BYU, Utah, Navy -- meaning the 33 are relatively well-recruited
    - Each prospect is interested in 14.3 teams
    - Besides PSU, 75 colleges are interested
    - Florida is interested in 10 of them!
    - Competitions (college, #interested of 33)!
    Maryland 24 Pitt 19 W Va 18
    Rutgers 18 Michigan 16 Boston C 13
    Illinois 13 N Carolina 12 Notre Dame 12
    Ohio St 11 Virginia 11 Connecticut 10
    Florida 10 Mich St 10 Oregon 10 Syracuse 9
    Duke 8! Duke reaching up? PSU reaching down?
    Alabama 6 Cincin 7 Iowa 7 Stanford 7
    UCLA 6 USC 7 Va Tech 7
    Other Big 10:
    Indiana 5 Minnesota 5 Northwestern 4
    Purdue 5 Wisconsin 3

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