Following the news last week that the Nittany Lions would only be taking two DEs in this class, several people (myself included), began wondering which positions would be granted scholarships. I was going to include this in the Weekly Recruiting Update, similar to BSD’s Recruiting Roundup, but I decided it was worth it’s own post. Here ya go!
Total scholarships: 21 (I’ve seen everything from 16 to 23, I’m going with 21 for now.)
QB: 1 (Chritian Hackenberg)
The other QBs I’ve spoken with have told me that communication has faded, which is consistent with what the staff told Hackenberg.
The staff apparently told David Williams that they’d be taking only one RB, but with the depth chart, I struggle to believe that’s the case. I think a scat-back like Richie Anderson could get a late offer.
I’m basing this solely off of the current offers out. If they were looking to add more than 3, I think we’d see a lot more offers being thrown around.
TE: 1 (Adam Breneman )
No other TEs ever received offers this year.
OL: 4-5 (Brendan Mahon)
Ideally, Penn State would like to add 2 OTs and another interior lineman to this class, but several of the OTs with early offers are off the board. The staff will likely be branching out with offers soon.
DT: 2 (Greg Webb)
With All-American Webb in the fold, the staff will likely slow down their DT recruiting and be picky. It’s not really a position of need.
DE: 2 (Garrett Sickels, Curtis Cothran)
The staff recently told DaJaun Drennon that they were content with two DEs in this class. This is a position that I think they will add to if they miss at another position.
After taking just two LBs total in the last two classes, Penn State will need to take AT LEAST three in this class to offset the depth issues.
DB: 4+ (Ross Douglas)
Probably the biggest depth chart issue on the team, Penn State will likely have to reach to at least add some bodies to this unit. If they don’t have the class full by mid-January, I’d expect to see a couple offers thrown out here to some fringe prospects.
It’s crazy how fast 20 scholarships go. Good luck, staff!
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