Penn State Looks to Roar

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Penn State had a terrific recruiting class this past season, and they want to keep that talent coming to Happy Valley. This class should bring in 15-18 new Nittany Lions, but don't expect Joe Paterno to bring in a quarterback. The Nittany Lions are off to a good start. Lets take a closer look at Penn State recruiting.

Running Back
Penn State would love to nab Broderick Green (Little Rock, Ark.). He's committed to USC but could stay home and play for the Razorbacks. Doug Houge (Bronx, N.Y.) and Daronte McNeil (Elizabeth City, N.C.) are two the Nittany Lions are targeting. Houge favors Syracuse, Penn State and Pitt., while McNeil is open.

Wide Receiver
The Nittany Lions would love to sign Maurice Williams (Erie, Pa.) and Derrick Moye (Rochester, Pa.). Williams, who has a sister that plays basketball at Penn State, also likes Pitt., Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Syracuse and West Virginia. Moye favors four right now ¿ Penn State, Pitt., Cincinnati and Boston College. Both receivers have great size, especially Moye (6-5). Don't forget that two commitments, Jon Ditto and Nick Sukay, could play receiver as well.

Jon Ditto
Jon Ditto

Tight End
Jon Ditto (6-4, 221) - Commitment
Ditto (Monroeville, Pa.) has soft hands and is very good in the air showing excellent body control. He is also fearless going over the middle showing good concentration when knowing he's going to get punished by the secondary. Ditto also can get deep with his deceptive speed. He should develop into an H-back or flex tight end. Devonte Campbell is a tight end prospect that is eyeing Penn State along with Maryland, Illinois, Kansas State, Pitt., Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Offensive Linemen
Josh Marks (6-4, 285), J.B. Walton (6-3, 275) ¿ Commitments
Marks (Catawissa, Pa.) is a physical and strong guard prospect. He moves well and is fairly quick off the ball. Walton (Milford, N.Y.) is a member of the Nittany Lions previous class, and he has enrolled at Prep School. Walton will play center or guard and is very athletic. Penn State is the team to beat for Stefen Wisniewski (Pittsburgh, Pa.), while they are trailing Michigan for Devon Still (Wilmington, De.). Richard Muldrow (York, Pa.) likes Penn State, BC, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, Rutgers and West Virginia.

Defensive End
Kevion Latham (6-3, 234) ¿ Commitment
Latham (Greensboro, N.C.) is a smart and quick defensive end that recorded 12.5 sacks last season in North Carolina. He committed to the Nittany Lions over Cal., Georgia Tech, UNC, Oregon, Stanford and Vandy. Derrick Morgan (Coatesville, Pa.) is an athletic end that also likes Boston College, N.C. State, Ohio State, Pitt., and Syracuse. Morgan recently visited Penn State unofficially and loved it. He will make an official visit to the Nittany Lions in mid-October. Andrew Szczerba (Wilmongton, De.) is another DL Penn State covets. He says he is open and likes the Nittany Lions, Duke, Iowa, Maryland, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia.

Marvin Austin
Marvin Austin

Defensive Tackle
Penn State would love to nab the nation's No. 1 recruit, defensive tackle Marvin Austin (Washington D.C.). Austin also likes FSU, Maryland, Miami, Notre Dame, Tennessee and USC. The Nittany Lions do well in this part of the country, and he would be a very nice addition to what they brought in last season. They also covet Wesley Saunders (Durham, N.C.) but he is likely going to stay in-state, and the North Carolina Tarheels appear to be the team to beat. Penn State leads for Donald Langley (Germantown, Md.).

Andrew Dailey (6-3, 215), Nathan Stupar (6-2, 220), Chris Colasanti(6-2, 235) - Commitments
Dailey (Massillon, Ohio) is an active outside 'backer with very good speed and athletic ability. He can fight through traffic to find the ball carrier, and once he has a target in his radar, he gets from point A to point B very quickly. He is also stout in space, and this kid has absolutely great range. Dailey is good in coverage and should get much better in that area at the next level. Dailey has the frame to carry much more weight and muscle.

Colasanti is a kid with good speed and size, and he plays with good fundamentals, especially when it comes to tackling. Colasanti plays down hill and he shows excellent range and is a big hitter. He really explodes through his hips and generates a ton of power. Colasanti plays sideline to sideline. Another impressive attribute of Colasanti is his ability to fight off blocks and get to the ball.

Stupar (State College, Pa.) plays defensive end and tight end for his high school team but projects as a linebacker in college. Defensively, Stupar is an intense player with a great motor, giving great effort on each and every play. He is quick off the edge and really gets after it with his aggression and physical style. Stupar runs well and shows good athleticism and fundamentals. In the transition to fulltime linebacker, he will have to learn to play in coverage. Nonetheless he has good upside and should be a big linebacker (SAM) for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State would also love to sign Malcolm Smith (Woodland Hills, Calif.). He loves Penn State and favors the Nittany Lions and Trojans. He is from the west coast, and his brother, Steve Smith, is a starting receiver for USC so the Trojans could prove tough to beat.

Nick Sukay (6-3, 205) ¿ Commitment
Sukay (Greensburg, Pa.) is truly good enough to play on either side of the ball at the next level. In addition to being a standout safety and wide receiver, he is also a special teams standout and a very good kick returner. As a receiver he has good size and speed. He perhaps has better quickness than speed and is a YACker ¿ he gets Yards After the Catch. Sukay has good concentration and hands and adjusts to the ball well. When he wants to be physical and run with power, he will certainly do that. He'll go over the middle or get deep, as a Scout, I love his size. Sukay can also go up and get the ball. 

Defensively, Sukay is a a rangy defensive back that supports the run very well and plays very smart in coverage. He can cover a lot of ground and makes a great break on the ball. With his

Nick Sukay
Nick Sukay

size there is also a chance he could grow and develop into an outside linebacker at the next level. 

What's the position for Sukay with the most upside? Me personally, I like him a tad more as a safety. He's smart, understands offenses and the passing game from playing receiver, supports the run, and plays with aggressiveness and shows very good athletic ability and range.

Devon Torrence (Canton, Ohio) could play safety, cornerback or even running back at the next level. He likes Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Notre Dame, NC State and Arizona State.

Stephfon Green (5-11, 185), Chaz Powell (6-2, 185) ¿ Commitments
Green (Bronx, N.Y.) is a terrific athlete with blazing speed. He plays on both sides of the ball as a running back and corner and also returns kicks. Powell (Glen Rock, Pa.) is a bigger corner than Green and like Green he stars on offense at running back as well. Heis versatile and athletic and could line up at safety as well.

Cedric Everson (Detroit, Mi.) is a cover corner that Penn State likes but at this time they trail Georgia Tech, UCLA and Iowa.

Ryan Breen ¿ Commitment
Breen (Clarkston, Mi.) is a punter that averaged almost 40 yards per kick last season.

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