04 September 2006

Looking ahead

Way ahead! According to both Rivals.com and Scout.com, Penn State had the 6th best recruiting class in the country (this year's freshmen). Of course recruiting rankings are more "art" than "science" so take that into account. Here's a look at some of Penn State's verbal commitments for next year's class. These are all four star recruits. The text is from CentreDaily.com and my comments are in italics.

Chris Colasanti, LB, Bloomfield, Mich. (Brother Rice), 6-2, 235 (April 26)

Notes: Penn State’s first commitment of class. Made 153 tackles his junior year, making The Associated Press, Detroit News and Detroit Free-Press All-State first teams. Good size, speed and technique. Stealing a player from the state of Michigan, the #3 ranked inside LB in the country, is a coup! Rivals.com #5 player in Michigan.

Andrew Dailey, LB, Massillon, Ohio (Massillon) 6-2, 210 (July 28)

Notes: Played safety in high school but is projected as an outside linebacker in college. Good lateral speed and athleticism. Led team to state championship last season. Stealing a player from the state of Ohio, and a storied program like Massillion (of "Go Tigers!" fame) is a coup! Rivals.com #6 player in Ohio.

Jon Ditto, WR/TE, Monroeville (Gateway), 6-4, 220 (June 8)

Notes: Played wide receiver in high school but is projected as a pass-catching tight end in college. Averaged 18 yards per catch junior season, earning second-team AP Class AAAA all-state honors. Former high school teammate of Penn State cornerback Justin King. Keystone Recruiting #2 player in Pennsylvania. Rivals.com #8 player in Pennsylvania.

Kevion Latham, DE, Greensboro, N.C. (Page) 6-3, 235 (July 11)

Notes: Late bloomer who needs to add weight but continues to get better. Made 12.5 sacks during his junior year. Good strength (320-pound bench press) and vertical leap (32 inches).

Nathan Stupar, DE/LB, State College (State College), 6-2, 220 (May 24)

Notes: First-team Class AAAA Associated Press all-state. Is switching from defensive end to linebacker his senior season to prepare to play the position in college. Athletic player who makes the unspectacular plays as well as the spectacular. State College's own! I have seen this kid play and he is amazing. Like Paul Posluzsny, he is always around the ball. I only wish I could watch him play again this year. Keystone Recruiting #7 player in Pennsylvania. Rivals.com #5 player in Pennsylvania.

Nick Sukay, ATH, Greensburg (Greensburg Central Catholic), 6-3, 200 (June 26)

Notes: Could play wide receiver or safety at Penn State. Was clocked at a sub-4.5 time in the 40-yard dash. Caught 29 passes, made six interceptions and forced seven fumbles as a junior. Keystone Recruiting #3 player in Pennsylvania. Rivals.com #3 player in Pennsylvania.

Some interesting analysis: of the twelve commits so far, six are four stars (all listed above). Last year, 15/24 were four stars (or above, A.J. Wallace was a five star). Class-wise, the average was 3.63 stars. This year, the average so far is 3.25 stars. Also, I have only included on this list the four star players according to Rivals.com. Scout.com also lists Andrew Szczerba and Josh Marks as four star players (again, the "art" rather than the "science").

Disclaimer: Take into account that I haven't even included any of the three star and below prospects. Many from these ranks have gone on to greatness. More later when I have the time!

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