A month ago, the discussion among fans was whether or not Penn State would be taking three linebackers in the 2013 recruiting class, or four. Following sanctions, and the decommitment of one of the three linebackers originally in the fold (Zach Bradshaw), the Penn State coaches are in a much different situation. Linebacker is a thin area on the depth chart, but with only fifteen scholarships available, how many of them can be devoted to one position?
Another part of the equation is the recent addition of Arizona linebacker Brennan Franklin to the 2012 recruiting class. This is a move worth noting, as he essentially took the spot of one linebacker in this class. I’m glad that’s not confusing at all…
There are currently two linebackers committed (Zayd Issah, Brandon Bell) but there’s a rumor that Zayd may not be committed for much longer. Also, players like Al-Rasheed Benton, Buddy Brown and Jonathan Walton are all still interested, according to various reports. The point is, Penn State can probably get as many linebackers as they want in this class, sanctions be damned. The problem comes back to that darn scholarship limit.
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