October 6, 2012;University Park, PA, USA;A Penn State Nittany Lions fan dances during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Charles London on Penn State Recruiting

Nittany Lion running back coach and recruiting coordinator Charles London was on a conference call this morning, discussing the staff’s approach to recruiting.

“We recruit every night. After practice we watch the tape, and then every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday night we’re making our recruiting calls, we’re writing letters, we’re watching film, we’re evaluating. Not only for myself but for the whole staff, we spend two or three hours each night just on recruiting.”

While many fans were critical of the last staff’s efforts, it appears that is a thing of the past. Bill O’Brien and his coaches understand the importance of recruiting and the attention to detail they must pay with the limitations placed on them.

“A lot of times you’ll have a recruiting class, you’ll sign 25 kids and maybe six or seven of those guys don’t pan out for you. We can’t afford that luxury of signing a certain amount of guys and not having a quarter of them pan out.”

He also says that the sanctions haven’t presented too much of a problem thus far.

“Kids are still excited to come here, excited to play here, they love the style of offense and defense that we’re employing here. So it really hasn’t been an issue for us.”

While London admitted that Penn State may look to the JuCo route more often in the future, he also noted that the basis of recruiting will remain the same.

“Our goals are not going to change, our objectives are not going to change. We’re still going to go out and recruit the best players in our area and try to get them to come here to Penn State.”

London was also asked about aspirations to be a head coach.

“One day would I like to be a head coach? Certainly. I’ve got a great mentor here in coach O’Brien.”


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