An increasingly frustrating trend from the last few years has been watching promising scoring opportunities dissipate once the offense found itself in short-yardage situations. One of the reasons for this was pretty clear - the offensive line struggled to get any push when it was most needed. Hopefully, Bill O'Brien, Mac McWhorter, and company will find and develop a new class of lineman that will make thes frustrating short-yardage situations a distant memory.
With NJ OL Brendan Mahon on board, look for the staff to take anywhere between 2-4 more offensive linemen in the 2013 class, with an emphasis on tackles. Tevin Montgomery, a 6'5'' 295-pound left tackle out of Marion, MA, could fill one of those spots.
While Montgomery does not have an official Penn State offer yet, he has been starting to pick up steam on the recruiting trail lately. He recently earned a 3-star ranking from Rivals and has has collected offers from BC, Rutgers, Temple, UCONN and (soon to be FBS) UMASS. While most schools have recruited him primarily as a DT, Penn State would like to see him on the offensive line, specifically at tackle.
Tight Ends Coach John Strollo has been getting to know Montgomery, and like several other recruits, Strollo has made an impact.
"I have been talking to Coach Strollo. He seems like a really nice guy. We've been talking for a little over a month now and he says a lot of impressive things about the university. He really wants me to take a visit to Penn State meet the coaches and players, which I agree is very important."
Montgomery has already visited Boston College, Rutgers and Temple, and has plans to make trips to Penn State, Rutgers, and a second visit to UCONN later this month to take in a spring practice.
While Strollo has built a decent rapport with Montgomery, he may have his work cut out to land his services with the rest of the 2013 class.
"My early favorites are Boston College, UCONN and Rutgers. The highest by far is BC though. But I enjoy building relationships with the Penn State, Rutgers and, and especially the UCONN coaches."
In the end, Montgomery is looking for three common themes for most recruits - athletics, academics, and opportunities outside of football.
"Academics is my number one priority when choosing which college I want to go to. Then the football program is my second, but not by far, priority, but I want a school that is balanced with academics and athletics. Then lastly, I want my school to have a good social life and is going to leave me with the best options when I'm finished with my athletic career."