Is Penn State Having Recruiting Problems

Interesting article by Frank Bodani on the York Blog about Pen State’s 2011 recruiting class.

Bodani writes that the Nittany Lions are the only FBS team in the nation with just one verbal commitment for the class of 2011. One thing to keep in mind is that Penn State only has 15 scholarships for next season, so I would not expect a huge list of commitments especially with eight months until National Letter of Intent day.

But what is worrying is that Bodani points out that Penn State is losing top recruits to other teams.

“Last week it was Damascus, Md. defensive back/receiver Brandon Phelps. The Lions saw him as a cornerback with good size (6-foot, 175 pounds), and seemed to be one of his favorites throughout. But he chose Virginia, his father’s football alma mater.

The news got worse Monday night. That’s when New Jersey defensive tackle Marquise Wright, a 6-3, 260-pound stud with big-time offers from Florida State, Georgia and Oklahoma made his choice: The Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Nittany Lions were shocked to lose out early to Notre Dame for Oil City’s Ben Koyack, arguably the top tight end prospect in the nation. Now, it’s two more top prospects.”

I am not as worried as Frank is with these loses, but a couple of months ago I took A Look At The 2011 Penn State Recruiting Class. If Penn State starts to lose any of these five players then I will start to become very nervous.


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