BTN.com staff, February 6, 2013
Because of the NCAA sanctions because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Bill O?Brien and the Nittany Lions assembled the smallest class in the league (17). But it?s a strong class that is anchored by a total of six linemen on both sides of the ball. O?Brien hung on to early commitments from Christian Hackenberg (the No. 2 QB in the nation) and TE Adam Breneman (the No. 2 tight end in the nation).
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OLB Zayd Issah and DE Garrett Sickels also come with fat scrapbooks. Keep an eye on DE Curtis Cothran, who could be a real sleeper. The departure of defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who is well-connected in the south, didn?t have an impact that some may have anticipated. This class will be bolstered by at least 20 walk-ons-or, as O?Brien likes to call them, ?run-ons.? Whatever.