Penn State Recruiting Report: Offense

John Tecce at has recently written a great piece on the offensive players that are part of Penn State 2012 recruiting class. Here are some excerpts from that article:

Penn State currently has five verbal commitments projected to begin their careers on offense, all of whom will be lining up on the offensive line.

Massive offensive tackle J.J. Denman (6’7″ 305 lb. from Fairless Hills, PA) is the most recent to join Penn State’s stable of linemen, turning down offers from Wisconsin, South Carolina, and a host of other BCS programs. Denman is a Rivals250 prospect and is considered one of the top prospects in Pennsylvania. He joins guard Brian Gaia (6’5″ 285 lbs. from Baltimore, MD) and tackle Anthony Stanko (6’5″ 302 lbs. from Warren, OH) to fill out a talented trio of 2012 offensive linemen.

Penn State has had great success in recruiting the tight end position, and this year will be no different as the Lions already have two tight end prospects on board in Jesse James (6’7″ 248 lbs. from McKeesport, PA) and Rivals250 prospect Brent Wilkerson (6’4″ 245 lbs. from Hyattsville, MD). Wilkerson is listed as a defensive end prospect on and, but he plans to begin his career at Penn State on the offensive side of the ball. He chose the Lions over Michigan State, Maryland, and Virginia. James made second team all-state in Pennsylvania last season for South Allegheny High School and will be another big, athletic body to add to the mix at tight end.

RB William Mahone (5’11” 205 lbs. from Ausintown, OH) – Mahone looks to be Penn State’s top target at the running back position as of now and is one of the top prospects in a strong running back class. This Rivals100 prospect holds offers from a host of Big Ten and Big East programs.

WR Stefon Diggs (6’0″ 178 lbs. from Olney, MD) – This receiver’s offer list includes every BCS power from coast to coast (Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska, Ohio State, and USC among them), and he is currently ranked as’s #8 overall prospect for 2012. It’s no secret that Penn State has done extremely well in Maryland, thanks in big part to defensive line coach and recruiter extrordinaire Larry Johnson, so there is no reason to think that Penn State won’t be right in the thick of things with Diggs.

WR Eugene Lewis (6’2″ 181 lbs. from Plymouth, PA) – Penn State is definitely in the mix for Lewis, who holds offers from the likes of Michigan State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin. He is ranked #162 in’s Rivals250.

WR Keithon Redding (6’1″ 190 lbs. from Decatur, GA) – Redding holds offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, and UCLA in addition to Penn State, but has named Penn State as one of the schools in his top five.

WR Canaan Severin (6’2″ 215 lbs. from Worcester, MA) – Penn State appears to be in great shape with Severin, who holds offers from the likes of Iowa and Virginia. Also a Rivals 250 prospect.

Penn State might have an many as 15-20 scholarships to give out this season, so I would expect them to add at least another two or three offensive players. With all their offensive commits being on the line, I expect the Lions to add some skill people to the mix, which means running backs and wide receivers. Depending on the fianl number of scholarships available, I would not be surprised to see them add another athletic offensive lineman/tight end.


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