As you may know by now, my name is Nick Polak, and I'm taking over the Recruiting Roundups (You can read my introduction post here). I always enjoyed the format that Junny used for these posts in the past, so I'm going to pretty much keep it the same, while adding in my own flair here and there. Any bigger news or updates will be accompanied by brief explanations, and then followed by the Big Board. The rankings for each position will be a combination of their talent level, interest in PSU, and plausibility. The world of recruiting changes very quickly (as you all know), so there may be drastic changes from one Roundup to the next. Finally, I'd love to interact with all of you in the comments section, so please don't hesitate to share your feelings about my work, or to provide suggestions on how I can make the posts more enjoyable for you. I'm sure you have plenty of comments ready, both kind and hurtful!
Defensive Backs on Defensive Backs on Defensive Backs...
O'Brien and the staff picked up two defensive back recruits in the last 2 weeks, with the commitments of Daquan Worley and Marcus Allen. While no one really knows how many more DB's will end up in this class, there are a lot of extremely talented ones interested. Troy Vincent Jr. (son of former Eagle CB Troy Vincent) is reportedly leaning heavily towards Penn State, and could be ready to commit soon. Dravon Henry, one of the top players in Pennsylvania, has Penn State among his top choices. And then there's Jabrill Peppers. The 5 star corner recently named his top 4, and PSU made the cut. He's planning a return trip to State College soon, so Bill and the staff can get another chance to make a good impression. Unfortunately, they can't all be Lions thanks to the upcoming scholarship restrictions, but it looks like this class could have an elite stable of defensive backs anyway.
O'Connor Planning for June Decision...
Penn State's top target for their 2014 class in terms of Quarterbacks has announced his intentions to make a commitment in June. He's currently working in Florida with Chris Weinke, who has apparently been very impressed (And who are we to argue with Chris Weinke?). There's some tough competition for him (mainly Michigan State), but things are looking good so far. Read more about him here at BWI ($).
Potential, Kind of, Maybe Scholarship News...
Did you guys know that we have sanctions on our scholarships? Me neither!! But apparently we have to have our roster down to 65 guys by 2014. But wait, you say. Haven't we already been cutting down the roster? Why yes, sir or ma'am, you are correct! As Ben Jones illustrates here, Jim Delany could help us take advantage of our early efforts to trim the roster to 65 (kind of). So everyone, start tweeting nice things about Delany. Bill was talking him up on the Caravan, so our help can't hurt!
Recruiting Roundup Big Board!
(Whenever I type "Recruiting Roundup", I immediately think of the song Woody’s Roundup from Toy Story 2. Is that just me? It’s just me isn’t it...)
But before that, let's take a quick look at the roster breakdown at the moment. The roster currently has 63 scholarships for the 2014 season (Including the current committed class of 8). With the approaching sanctions, the roster must be down to 65 scholarship athletes for the 2014 season. So conventional thinking would lead us to believe that there are no more than two or three spots left in this class, but of course things change with rosters all the time these days. Without sanctions, this could have been one hell of a class. However, even with the depleted numbers, it's looking like it's going to end up being pretty outstanding anyway. All the being said, let's go to the Board!
Penn State Recruiting Class of 2014 Big Board
Estimated Class Size: 10-11
Current Commitments: 8
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