Garrett Sickels, the consensus 4-star defensive end prospect from Little Silver, NJ, has sent his Letter of Intent to Penn State and is officially a Nittany Lion. One of PSU’s early high end commits, Garrett became part of the key group, along with Adam Breneman, Brendan Mahon, and Christian Hackenberg that initially became integral parts of recruiting other players, and then keeping the class together after the sanctions were handed down. Garrett, an Under Armour All American, had over 20 offers from a “who’s who” of elite programs (Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State).
Garrett projects as a defensive end at PSU, but did show the ability to play as a stand-up rusher from the edge in a 3-4 type defense. Given what we saw this past season from Ted Roof, and what we expect to see going forward form John Butler, I would virtually guarantee you will see Garrett lined up as a down lineman.
Looking ahed to 2013, there is not much depth behind Deion Barnes and Anthony Zettel, which should give Garrett a very good opportunity to play his way into the rotation. Coach Johnson loves to rotate bodies in and out of the lineup, and if you have the ability, you will see the field.
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