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.

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