Boy do we have some stuff to talk about. I'm not even going to pull my normal shenanigans, and fill this space up with pointless things, like tiny introductions to things that you'll just read more about momentarily, or little personal anecdotes that just add to my word count. Because I don't even need to waste time during a dead-month recruiting article like I usually do, just to make sure you have something to read. We have so much to talk about that I don't even need to do that! Office! Now!
Soooo..As You May Have Heard...
Remember when Mart Emmert did this? Well now, this happened. Most of you who read and comment on these articles, are fairly regular commenters on most article threads, especially ones of flaming bus length. So I'm sure you've already been participating in the celebration over a much improved scholarship situation, and thrown your two cents into the conversation. So we can gloss over what the reductions mean for the current football team. What we CAN talk about, until we stop speaking English because it no longer sounds natural, is what this means for recruiting.
With the gradual restoration of the scholarships to the team, there are changes being made to the allotted number of scholarships available for recruiting each year. Until today, O'Brien was mandated to stay at 15 scholarships or fewer for each recruiting class (Obviously a number that is somewhat rough, due to early enrollments). Well now, for the 2014 class, we have 20 scholarships available (Actually 22, with O'Connor and White enrolling early). Then in 2015 and beyond, we will have the normal 25 limit to work with. This is like asking for a Hot Wheels car for your birthday, and instead getting one of those giant motorized hummers to drive around in, and scare the crap out of your neighbor's dog. Well lucky for you, you are a Penn State fan, so let's sit back and watch O'Brien scare the crap out of Beckman, Meyer, Hoke, and company.
Please also feel free to jump over to Bud Elliot's explanation of the situation, if what I said just didn't reach you.
The News Can't All Be Good
Since my last roundup, my soul was indeed crushed. Dravon Henry has eliminated Penn State from his top 3, leaving West Virginia and Pitt to duke it out for the 4* stud out of Alquippa. HOWEVER, his father was quoted as saying if Penn State didn't have the sanctions, then he could see him son landing there. So maybe the recent developments, and growing optimism that the bowl game ban could be lifted sooner rather than later as well, could be enough to change Dravon's mind. But for now, it's between the Mountaineers and the Panthers ($). I miss the thought of him already.
Penn State also lost out of Qadree Ollison, when the Canisius (NY) running back, decided to make his pledge to the Panthers of Pittsburgh. While we certainly didn't neeeeeed a 3rd running back in the class, it sure wouldn't have hurt. Especially because WE CAN HAVE UP TO 23 GUYS IN THIS CLASS AKSDASNDJKSNDOJDNFOWNF.
And because I simply can't wait for the Big Board this week, due to the sheer amount of awesomeness that could now come from it, let's go look at all the recruits we're still chasing, and most importantly, the changes to the good old, "Estimated Class Size". Quotes for dry positions this week, will be brought to you by my favorite movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, because this is a joyous day.
Penn State Recruiting Class of 2014 Big Board
Current Commitments: 12
Overall Big Board of 2014 Recruits
This board will be a ranking of the remaining recruits based on my opinion of who the staff desires most. It will not take into account the likelihood of their commitment.
1. Thomas Holley
2. Montae Nicholson
4. Mike Gesicki
5. Brandon Lee
6. Ricky Walker
7. Alex Bookser
8. Derrick Nnadi
9. Joe Keels
10. Jason Cabinda
11. Dravon Henry (I'm keeping him here until I am literally forced to take him off)
2015 (And Beyond) Recruit Updates
Tommy Hatton (St. Joes (NJ)) (2015) (OL)- Planning on visiting for the Michigan game, can't wait for a PSU offer
Jake Cooper (Archbishop Wood (PA)) (2015) (LB)- Doesn't know when he'll be back again, but he is planning on coming back for another game, was offered by Pitt recently
Richie Petitbon (Gonzaga (DC)) (2015) (OL)- Despite holding offers from national powerhouses such as Alabama and LSU, he still holds Penn State in very high regards, and considers them one of his top options
If you have a subscription to 247, you can check out this lovely recap of how all the current Penn State commits fared in their high school games this weekend.
And due to popular demand, here is the current Penn State Football Scholarship Matrix! This post is about to get a lot longer...
|QB||2(1)||Tyler Ferguson 2*||Christian Hackenberg 5*||Michael O’Connor 4*|
|RB||3(2)||Bill Belton 4*||Akeel Lynch 3*||Mark Allen 3*|
|Zach Zwinak 4*||Nick Scott 3*|
|TE||5||Matt Lehman||Kyle Carter 2*||Adam Breneman 4*|
|Jesse James 3*||Brent Wilkerson 3*|
|WR||8(3)||Brandon Moseby-Felder 3*||Alex Kenney 4*||Matt Zanelatto 2*||Richy Anderson 3*||Troy Apke 3*|
|Allen Robinson 3*||DaeSean Hamilton 3*||Chris Godwin 4*|
|Eugene Lewis 4*||De’Andre Thompkins 4*|
|Jonathan Warner 2*|
|OL||13(1)||Adam Gress 3*||Miles Dieffenbach 4*||Anthony Alosi 3*||Tanner Hartman 2*||Noah Beh 3*|
|Ty Howle 3*||Garry Gilliam 2*||Angelo Mangiro 3*||Wendy Laurent 2*|
|Eric Shrive 4*||Donovan Smith 4*||Brendon Mahon 4*|
|John Urschel 2*||Andrew Nelson 3*|
|DT||6(1)||DaQuan Jones 3*||Kyle Baublitz 4*||Parker Cothren 3*||Antoine White 3*|
|Derek Dowrey 2*|
|Brian Gaia 3*|
|Austin Johnson 3*|
|DE||7||Brad Bars 2*||Deion Barnes 4*||Curtis Cothran 3*|
|CJ Olaniyan 4*||Anthony Zettel 4*||Evan Schwan 2*|
|Garrett Sickels 4*|
|LB||6(1)||Glenn Carson 4*||Mike Hull 4*||Ben Kline 3*||Brandon Bell 3*||Troy Reeder 3*|
|Nyeem Wartman 3*|
|CB||5(2)||Da'Quan Davis 2*||Anthony Smith 2*||Troy Vincent 4*|
|Jordan Lucas 3*||Jordan Smith 2*||Daquan Worley 3*|
|Trevor Williams 3*|
|S||8(1)||Stephen Obeng-Agyapong 3*||Adrian Amos 3*||Kasey Gaines 2*||Marcus Allen 3*|
|Malcolm Willis 3*||Jesse Della Valle||Malik Golden 3*|
|Ryan Keiser||Jake Kiley 2*|
|K/P||2||Alex Butterworth||Sam Ficken 2*|
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