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Recruiting Update

Penn State already has a pretty good recruiting class, but there are still a few scholarships available and the Nittany Lions have a few high profile targets still on their radar screen.

At the top of the list is Broderick Green from Little Rock, Arkansas. He's a great all around running back that has shown some major explosiveness on video. Although he has committed to USC, he took an official visit to Penn State this past weekend and plans to take a visit to Ohio State this coming weekend. His parents did not accompany him on his trip to Penn State, but they plan to make a trip to meet Paterno before signing day.

By all accounts, the coaches put on the full court press on this kid including having his favorite NFL running back, Larry Johnson Jr., fly in to greet him. It would make great sense for Green to come to Penn State. The backfield at USC is overloaded with four star running backs so he will have to be exceptional to crack the depth chart. Ohio State signed Chris Wells last year, so they have their stud running back. But Penn State is wide open with the graduation of Tony Hunt. Austin Scott will hold down the starting job going into 2007, but historically he has never carried the full load and he has had problems staying healthy which could create opportunities for playing time. Having [the player that is now dead to me] commit to sPitt only sweetens the deal for Green. So far he says he is still committed to USC.

Another player the coaches covet is Delaware defensive end Devon Still. Last week they shut down the state of Delaware so Paterno could come visit Still in his school. (Side note: is there any other college football coach who draws that level of attention when he walks into a high school?) Still officially announnced he was going to make his official announcement last Friday giving Jim Tressel and the Ohio State coaches a chance to sweep in at the last minute and make a pitch for the Buckeyes. But ESPN offered to broadcast his announcement if he moved it to this Wednesday, so that gave Larry Johnson Sr. a chance to meet with Still on Monday and get in the last word. Indications are Still will most likely commit to the Lions.

The other big target the coaches are looking at is Rochester's Derek Moye. Moye is six foot four inches of tall receiver the coaches have been desperate to sign for years since Michigan invented the notion of freakishly big wide receivers. Moye is down to Pitt and Penn State as his final two and expects to make a decision next week.