Five PSU Recruits That Will Make An Immediate Impact

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Sep 29, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Members of the Penn State Nittany Lions marching band before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

We all know how important Penn State’s 2013 recruiting class is. Amidst the sanctions and uncertainty surrounding the Penn State football program, Bill O’Brien and his staff did a remarkable job with this recruiting class. Due to the limited amount of scholarships, some of these young guys will get some early playing time in their careers. So with that being said, here are five players that will make an immediate impact for the Nittany Lions in 2013:

ZAYD ISSAH

Listed as an athlete by several recruiting sites, Issah is in all likelihood going to play linebacker at Penn State. He will add depth to a unit that lost studs Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges, but also returns solid middle linebacker Glenn Carson and 2012 backup extraordinaire Mike Hull. With Carson and Hull locking down two of the starting linebacker spots, it’s up in the air as to who the third starter will be. A lot of people believe that rising redshirt sophomore Ben Kline and redshirt freshman Nyeem Wartman are the frontrunners for the job. And assuming either of those two win the job, there isn’t even much depth behind them. Issah will have a strong chance of being a second stringer and could challenge for decent playing time due to his size (6-3, 210) and speed (~4.57 40 time). He’ll also have the advantage of being coached up by Ron Vanderlinden, which is never a bad thing.

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