When Bill O’Brien was hired, he said that he wanted to recruit the state of Pennsylvania heavily and get the core of the team from within a “300 mile radius.” Last Friday, O’Brien took a step in the right direction, landing 5 star tight end, Adam Breneman from central Pa. Of the 4 commitments Penn State has, Adam is the only one from in the state.
Who are the 5 MOST IMPORTANT Penn State recruits left on the board? I’m glad you asked!
5. OL Dorian Johnson 6’6″ 275 lbs.
Big, strong and fast. Plays right tackle for his high school, but I don’t see a reason why he couldn’t play LT at the next level. Some feel Dorian is a Penn State lean at this point, but he holds offers from Alabama, West Virginia and Pitt, among others.
4. OL Mike McGlinchey 6’8″ 275 lbs.
Bigger and faster. Also very strong. McGlinchey is a mountain of a man. He’s the kind of kid that is going to anchor an offensive line in college for 3 years. Penn State is in the mix but Mike has offers from all over the country, including Florida, Duke, Wisconsin and Maryland.
3. WR Robert Foster
Before you rob me of my credibility over this, hear me out. Yes, Foster is a 5 star WR with NFL skills and is considered one of the top WRs in the country, as well as the top player in the state. However, with Adam Breneman already in the class and WR Ryan Switzer likely headed in the same direction, a receiving target isn’t as much of a NEED to Penn State as some other positions.
2. RB David Williams
Williams is one of the top RBs in the country and is THE top RB in Pennsylvania. That just happens to be a huge position of need for the Nittany Lions, who have taken just one running back in the last 2 recruiting classes combined. News came out of State College on Wednesday that Bill Belton will be moving to RB this Spring but David Williams plays it naturally. Landing the best RB in the state to go along with the best TE would be a solid foundation of skill positions for Bill O’Brien’s offense.
1. LB Alex Anzalone
Another BIG position of need for Penn State is LB. Oddly enough, Linebacker U has brought in just one linebacker in each of the last 2 classes. At a position that usually fields 3 at a time, that could become an issue in a few years. Penn State needs to bring in a strong class of LBs and they need to start with in-state stud, Alex Anzalone. Alex has offers from Stanford, OSU, Alabama, USC, Florida and around 25 other schools. Keeping him home would be huge for Bill O’Brien in his quest to bring in the top in-state talent.
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