April 21, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O

Penn State Recruiting: New Staff vs Old Staff


Following the commitment of Dorian Johnson, there were some rumblings about how this would have never happened with the “old staff.” How Penn State never used to get this kind of player-the recruit who supposedly favored a different school. Not to throw Devon under the bus, but things like this:

 

 

That seems a bit harsh.

I understand what is being said. This is a different situation. What O’Brien has done during his time at Penn State, with the circumstances that he’s been given, is nothing short of admirable. Please don’t mistake this for criticism of O’Brien and his staff. However, the “old staff” did some fine recruiting, themselves. They did it with an aging head coach who didn’t make in-home visits and never could say how long he’d remain the coach.

Heading into November last year, Joe and the staff were well on their way to a top 10 class, nationally. It would have been the second top 10 class in the past three years. It would have contained one of the top corners in the country, one of the top defensive tackles in the country and just maybe the top defensive end in the 2012 class.

But then, things happened. O’Brien was forced to pick up the pieces and finished with a tremendous group of young men. For the sake of this argument, we’ll throw out 2012 because it wasn’t really anybody’s class.

Penn State’s 2011 class was lackluster. It was referred to as a “meat and potatoes” class. It was small in number (19) and didn’t contain a single QB or RB. What it did contain was five 4 star players, each of which was a lineman, most of who will play or start this season.

The reason that was a “meat and potatoes” class was because in 2010, the old staff scored a strong, top 10 class that was ranked as the top class in the conference. It contained TWO standout QBs in Rob Bolden and Paul Jones, two of the top linebackers in the country in Mike Hull and Khairi Fortt, one of the top centers in the class and a running back named Silas Redd. In all, the 2010 class contained 10 four star players.

O’Brien is well on his way to an excellent class. Hackenberg, Breneman and Dorian Johnson are fantastic prospects and great kids. All I’m saying is let’s hold off on the whole “I’m glad they’re gone…” mentality. It’s ok for the grass to be green on both sides of the fence.
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