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2009 Recruiting - Wide Receivers

Let’s move on with our look at the class of 2009 recruiting with wide receivers today. Here is the projected depth chart for 2008.

Wide Receiver Depth Chart
First String Second String Third String Fourth String
Deon Butler - Sr Chris Bell - Jr A.J. Price - Fr Graham Zug -Jr
Derrick Williams - Sr Derek Moye - rFr Kevin Cousins - Jr Jesse Alfreno - So
Jordan Norwood - Sr Brett Brackett - Jr James McDonald - Jr

You can see there are a whole lot of juniors and seniors on that list. This is why I said Penn State really needed to bring in at least two wide receiver recruits this year. After the 2009 season it appears the only potential Big Ten quality wide receivers we’ll have are Derek Moye and A.J. Price who are both unknowns at this point. If I’m a highly recruited wide receiver I’m looking at that depth chart thinking I have a great chance to play early if I go to Penn State. With Butler, Williams, and Norwood leaving after 2008 and Chris Bell’s lack luster performance his first two years I would have an excellent chance to play right away.

So with 25 scholarships to hand out I expect Penn State to pull in three top notch wide receivers. Two would be ok, but anything less than that would be a complete failure. The good news is that unlike last year Penn State has wasted no time in getting offers out to some of the best receivers out there and they are already seeing heavy interest from some of them. These are the top targets to watch for this spring.

There are a few other athletes Penn State is recruiting who could play either offense or defense as well. So with that here is how the scholarship allocation is adding up.

Projected 2009 Scholarship Allocation
Top Wide Receiver Prospects for 2009
Name Hometown Size Junior Stats
Corey Brown Monroeville, PA 6-2, 185, 4.58 23 catches, 500 yds, 2 TD
Justin Brown Wilmington, DE 6-2, 190, 4.71 19 catches, 556 yds, 8 TD
Jaleel Clark Allentown, PA 6-4, 190, 4.5 51 catches, 785 yds, 10 TD
Logan Heastie Chesapeake, VA 6-2, 192, 4.4 53 catches, 977 yds, 16 TD
Brandon Scott Woodbridge, VA 6-4, 215, 4.5 Injured – May get late offer
Je’Ron Stokes Philadelphia, PA 6-1, 185, 4.42 21 catches, 452 yds, 5 TD (5 games)
Todd Thomas Beaver Falls, PA 6-4, 180, 4.55 1261 yds, 12 TD
Position Projected Scholarships
Quarterbacks 2
Running Backs 2
Wide Receivers 3
Total 7