November 6, 2010; University Park,PA, USA: Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Pete Massaro (59) chases Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Dan Persa (7) during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State won 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Is Penn State slowing down their DE recruiting?

With defensive ends Garrett Sickels and Curtis Cothran already verbally committed to the class of 2013, Penn State has apparently decided that they are full at the position.

“Sorry to the fans of PSU, they are officially ruled out for me.. They already have two DEs commited and they are sticking with that.”

That was the tweet from New Jersey’s DaJaun Drennon that shocked the Twitter world and Penn State fans last night. Drennon says that his coach called Ron Vanderlinded (PSU LB coach) and Vandy told him that with two DEs already in the fold, they are slowing down the recruiting at that position.

The timing couldn’t be much stranger, in my opinion. Drennon is coming off of a visit Saturday that left him calling Penn State his number one school. Pair with that the fact that Drennon’s high school teammate Greg Webb is rumored to be nearing a decision with Penn State at the front, and the situation is even more of a head-scratcher. Webb recently admitted to me that the two of them had discussed the prospect of playing college ball together and that “We both loved Penn State.”

It almost feels as if there’s more to the story, but a source tells me Drennon was not taken aside during his visit over the weekend by O’Brien for a one-on-one meeting like the other recruits were. It’s certainly possible that Drennon set his own visit up, after talking to Webb about his the week before. I suppose it’s possible that the staff had already decided they were done at DE but didn’t want to turn away a visitor with interest. Still, if a pass rusher the caliber of Drennon (30 scholaship offers) wants to come to your school, and he potentially locks up one of the top 10 DTs in the country by doing so, don’t you make room?

It’s not exactly like Penn State has a plethora of pass rushers on the roster.

I can’t say for sure if this development will hurt the chances of landing Webb, but I can be certain that it doesn’t help.



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