There has been plenty of attention to tight end Adam Breneman, and it is totally understable. But what about some other in-state talent? Below is an excerpt from a slideshow on Bleacher Report, highlighting some of the players from the Keystone State that should not be overlooked.
|Will Adam Breneman choose to go to Penn State?
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Bill O’Brien’s top goal when it comes to recruiting at Penn State is simple: Keep top in-state talent from going elsewhere. Some question if Penn State ever really lost the edge with in-state recruiting.
Just take a look at the top prospects in the state of Pennsylvania over the last few years. In 2012, defensive end Noah Spence went to Ohio State, running back Rushell Shell decided to go to Pittsburgh and offensive lineman Chris Muller went to Rutgers. In 2011 Pennsylvania’s top three prospects went to Texas Tech, Notre Dame and Michigan State.
The last top three prospect to go to Penn State, according to Rivals.com’s rankings, was linebacker Mike Hull, in 2010. That year Penn State lured in quarterback Paul Jones, offensive linemen Miles Dieffenbach and Thomas Ricketts, tight end Kyle Baublitz and defensive end Dakota Royer. All of those players were ranked in the top ten in Pennsylvania.
So does Penn State have a problem keeping top talent in-state? Perhaps not as much as you would think. But what O’Brien would like to start doing is keeping the elite prospects from going to rival universities, such as Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin, in addition to national powers such as Alabama, Texas, Florida and so on.
Penn State’s recruiting class for 2013 has already opened a few eyes, and the momentum is building for a class few would have expected given the dark situation the school is faced with working through.
Here is a look at 10 of the top prospects in Pennsylvania. How many will end up choosing to go to Penn State?
Wide Receiver Robert Foster
Wide receiver Robert Foster, of Central Valley High School in Monaca, is the 26th ranked player in the Rivals 250, and a 4-star talent. The 6’3″, 170-pound receiver currently holds offers from a number of big names, including Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, USC and Penn State.
Penn State is not considered to be a strong candidate at this early stage, but with Penn State securing some significant verbal commitments at quarterback and possibly tight end, a stud wide receiver to add to the mix and accompany Class of 2012 in-state receiver Eugene Lewis would lead to some great recruiting momentum.
Running Back David Williams
Philadelphia running back David Williams is the 192nd player ranked in the Rivals 250 and could be a terrific pickup for Penn State, complementing the addition of Akeel Lynch in the Class of 2012, the top running back out of New York.
The West Catholic running back does not appear to have Penn State in the mix, nor has he made a visit yet. Temple, Rutgers, Boston College and Wisconsin are among the schools with a decent shot at recruiting Williams, with South Carolina also being considered a significant option.
|Linebacker Alex Zanalone is the state’s
highest rated linebacker.
Linebacker Alex Zanalone
Penn State is Linebacker U, so it might stand to reason that Penn State might make a serious push to recruit the state’s top linebacker. Wyomissing Area linebacker Alex Anzalone (white jersey, with football) is the last player from Pennsylvania ranked in the Top 247 from 247 Sports, and it is thought that he has some interest in Penn State early on.
Anzalone is scheduled to visit Notre Dame later this month for their junior day, a day after making an unofficial visit to Michigan. Penn State presented its scholarship offer to Anzalone when he attended its junior day last month.
Offensive Tackle Mike McGlinchey
Offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey is the top offensive lineman in the state considered to be available, ranked sixth overall in the state and 26th in the nation among offensive tackles, according to 247 Sports.
McGlinchey made an official visit to Penn State for last season’s home game against Alabama, but he has not received an offer yet. McGlinchey’s offer sheet currently includes Duke, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland, Florida, Tennessee and Michigan State.
“[I like their] new coaching staff,” McGlinchey said in a recent interview with us. “Penn State is close to home, it is a well-respected school, and it has solid football,” he continued.”
Defensive Tackle Justin Moody
A star in Philadelphia’s Public League, Justin Moody could be considered a relative steal for Penn State if they feel he can fit in somewhere on the defensive line. Fortunately, Moody is an athletic talent who could probably fill a hole at a few other positions as well.
Moody is the seventh-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania and 21st overall defensive tackle in the nation, according to 247 Sports, so it should just be a matter of time before offers start piling up for the George Washington athlete. As of now Moody holds just one offer, from Rutgers, but he did attend Penn State’s Junior Day in February.
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