In the continuing series leading up to National Signing Day, VBR has another name to add to the wish list of the remaining Penn State targets who could sign with the Nittany Lions on February 5th. In this edition, we list Derrick Nnadi as someone who would be a great pick up for the Nittany Lions. Nnadi is 4-star defensive tackle from Virginia Beach, Virgina who has recently been visited by the new Penn State coaching staff.
Nnadi is currently undecided on his college choice, but has several big-time schools near the top of his list. While Penn State is not in his top-3, one can still hope that the Nittany Lions could land the stud defensive lineman. After all, this post is a wish list, and wishes often don’t come true.
The very top of his list is Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
New Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer recently paid a visit to Nnadi to try to persuade him to come to Happy Valley. One major factor that could be working against the Nittany Lions is the fact that when Penn State began recruiting Nnadi, it was former defensive line coach Larry Johnson who was in charge of it. As Penn State fans know, Johnson is now in the same position at rival Ohio State.
Whoever lands Nnadi is getting a great talent. At nearly 300 pounds, he’s a great size for the interior of the line and could cause matchup problems for opposing linemen. 247 sports lists him as the 99th-ranked recruit nationally.
Of course, Penn State already had a commitment from one of the best defensive linemen available, in 4-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley. However, he flipped his commitment to Florida after the coaching turnover. The current 2014 class is now lacking a standout defensive lineman.
Penn State, while sometimes overshadowed by the great linebackers, has a strong tradition of lineman. That list includes names like Courtney Brown, Tamba Hali and Jordan Hill. Nnadi, if he would surprise everyone and decided on the Nittany Lions, would certainly have a shot to further that tradition.
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