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Penn State Football: DL coach Sean Spencer showing his recruiting skills

New Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer has quickly made a name for himself on the recruiting trail. He’s played a major part in landing several of the current 12 commitments in the 2015 class and was recently named by Jeremy Crabtree, an ESPN recruiting writer, as the No. 5 recruiter in the country among assistant coaches.

When James Franklin was hired as the next coach at Penn State in January, many writers and fans, including myself, spoke of the importance of keeping defensive line coach Larry Johnson on the staff.  Johnson had built a reputation as a solid recruiter during his time with the Nittany Lions, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region. However, Johnson didn’t stick around Happy Valley long and quickly moved on to take the same position with Big Ten rivals Ohio State.

While losing Johnson seemed like a blow to the Nittany Lions at a time, Spencer, who followed Franklin from Vanderbilt, has wasted no time leaving his own mark in Happy Valley.

Aside from coaching a defensive line that looked dominant during last week’s Blue-White Game, Spencer has helped make Penn State’s 2015 recruiting class one of the best in the nation. The Nittany Lions are ranked as No.2 class in the nation according to both and

According to Crabtree, Spencer played a specific role in the recruitment of five current members of the class. Most recently, he helped the Nittany Lions land 4-star defensive tackle Adam McLean, who’s considered one of the best in the nation at his position.

Texas A&M’s B.J. Anderson, Kirby Smart from Alabama, JuJuan Seider of West Virginia and Alabama’s Lance Thompson are the assistant coaches ranked ahead of Spencer in the ESPN article.

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