Five PSU Recruits That Will Make An Immediate Impact

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Oct 15, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions assistant coach Larry Johnson celebrates with players during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

GARRETT SICKELS

Even if Sickels doesn’t see the field at all during his freshman year, he has already made a big impact. He was one of the core guys who kept his unwavering loyalty to Penn State during this past year through everything bad that happened. Listed by Rivals as the fourth best weak side defensive end recruit in the 2013 class, Sickels chose Penn State over the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame and many other powerhouse programs. That alone says a lot about the New Jersey native. Deion Barnes obviously secures one of the starting defensive end spots. Based on who played last year, it would make sense for rising redshirt junior C.J. Olaniyan to start at the other defensive end spot. But the depth at the position is limited and Sickels will likely see some snaps if he’s not redshirted.

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