Thursday, February 05, 2009

Inked: Penn State’s new guys

Not a lot happened on signing day which isn't necessarily a bad thing, Penn State managed to land everyone that promised their allegiance to the Blue & White. Thanks to Sporting News for doing all the leg work for me, here is a list of Penn State's signees:

Mark Arcidiacono, OL, 6-5, 289, St. Joseph's Prep, Holland, Pa.
Justin Brown, WR, 6-3, 210, Concord HS, Wilmington, Del.
Nate Cadogan, OL, 6-6, 260, Portsmouth (Ohio) HS
Glenn Carson, LB, 6-3, 220, Southern Regional HS, Manahawkin, N.J.
Curtis Drake, ATH, 6-0, 170, West Philadelphia Catholic/Philadelphia, Pa.
Curtis Dukes, RB, 6-2, 230, Indian River HS, Evans Mills, N.Y.
Brandon Felder, WR, 6-2, 167, Oxon Hill HS, Fort Washington, Md.
Anthony Fera, K, 6-2, 230, St. Pius X HS, Cypress, Texas
Frank Figueroa, OL, 6-4, 280, Edison HS, Alexandria, Va.
Garry Gilliam, DE, 6-7, 245, Milton Hershey HS, Carlisle, Pa.
Darrell Givens, DB, 6-0, 170, Lackey HS, Fort Washington, Md.
Adam Gress, OL, 6-7, 290, West Mifflin (Pa.) HS
Jordan Hill, DL, 6-3, 285, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.
Gerald Hodges, DB, 6-3, 210, Paulsboro (N.J.) HS
Ty Howle, OL, 6-1, 290, Bunn HS, Wake Forest, N.C.
Shawney Kersey, WR, 6-2, 180, Woodbury (N.J.) HS
Christian Kuntz, WR, 6-4, 190, Trinity HS, Camp Hill, Pa.
Stephon Morris, DB, 5-9, 175, Eleanor Roosevelt HS, Greenbelt, Md.
Kevin Newsome, QB, 6-3, 215, Hargrave Military Academy, Portsmouth, Va.
Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, DB, 5-10, 180, John F. Kennedy HS, Bronx, N.Y.
Eric Shrive, OL, 6-7, 300, West Scranton HS, Scranton, Pa.
Devon Smith, WR, 5-7, 145, Westlake HS, White Plains, Md.
Sean Stanley, DL, 6-2, 250, Gaithersburg HS, Rockville, Md.
Derrick Thomas, ATH, 6-0, 175, Eleanor Roosevelt HS, Greenbelt, Md.
John Urschel, OL, 6-3, 270, Canisius HS, Williamsville, N.Y.
Michael Wallace, DB, 5-10, 180, Good Counsel HS, Silver Spring, Md.
Malcolm Willis, DB, 5-11, 205, Lackey HS, Marbury, Md.

The Nittany Lions landed some BIG offensive lineman and a plethora of wide receivers. In fact four of the players listed at WR are at least (listed at) 6-2 or taller which is more and more the trend in college football: big tall wide receivers. That's pretty important considering Penn State seems to be married to the spread with the signing of dual-threat QB Kevin Newsome and the loss of all three starting wide receivers to graduation. Don't be surprised if you see many of the guys listed as wide receivers or the ever vague "athlete" playing early on for the Nittany Lions, Penn State's depth at wide receiver is woeful. Offensive line and defensive back are other positions we could see some from this class contribute right away. Rankings be damned, Penn State did a great job of addressing glaring needs at WR, OL, and DB and signed a very highly touted dual-threat quarterback. They only signed one quarterback, and it would have been nice to land a couple more, but with one in the pipeline for 2010 they can concentrate on a top tier QB for next year's class.

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