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National Signing Day Live SB Nation Show and Penn State Recruit Superlatives

Which recruit has the best chance to make an immediate impact?


The SB Nation Live Signing Day show is back again this year! Unfortunately, I will not be able to call in due to a conflict, but I'm sending some comments in for Bud Elliott and Dan Rubenstein to refer to when talking about Penn State. They'll be covering recruiting all across the country, including the Big Ten, so if you want to learn more about what Penn State will be up against in the future, as well as what the perception is of Penn State's class from their point of view, tune in!

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Though Penn State may have had a disappointing finish to the 2016 class, to some degree, there is a lot to celebrate with the brand new Nittany Lions. Let's check out the best traits in the class.

Best Overall Recruit: Miles Sanders

It's hard to pick anyone else. Sanders has more natural talent than probably any recruit Penn State has grabbed since Christian Hackenberg. Pairing him with Saquon Barkley seems almost unfair.

Most Underrated Recruit: Jake Zembiec

Zembiec, although earning a spot at the Elite 11 camp at The Opening this past summer, was largely overlooked by most recruiting services. Playing high school football in New York doesn't exactly lead to the most recruiting exposure. If/when Zembiec gets the chance to earn the starting role, expect to see him out-play his three-star rating.

Biggest Immediate Impact: Tyrell Chavis

Thanks to a very thin defensive tackle depth chart, Chavis will get the chance to earn playing time, and maybe even a starting role, right away. Similar to Paris Palmer in 2015, it may take a little while for Chavis to really get the hang of things, but thankfully, defensive tackle is an easier position to adjust to than offensive tackle.

Best Long-term Potential: Michal Menet

Michal Menet has the potential to be a three-year starter on the offensive line for Penn State, and possibly even a four-year starter. He's too refined already to keep off the field. His versatility to will offer future Penn State teams plenty of options as far as offensive line alignments, and Menet is a safe bet to dominate wherever he lines up. As he showed back in the summer at a recruiting showcase, when he was able to hold his own against the consensus No. 1 2016 recruit, Rashan Gary, he will be able to hold up against any defender that comes his way. Menet has future star and future NFL player written all over him.

Most Fun: Shane Simmons

Have you seen the dude's Twitter account? Not only is he one of 2016's top recruits, but he knows how to have a good time.