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PSU recruiting: All coaches take part every night; sanctions not changing objectives

October 18, 2012 - Cory Giger
Penn State running backs coach Charles London also serves as recruiting coordinator and addressed some of those issues on a conference call Thursday morning.

Perhaps most importantly, London said every coach on the staff spends two or three hours each night recruiting. That type of commitment from the entire staff wasn't present in the recent past, most notably with former offensive coordinator Galen Hall having very little recruiting duties and with Joe Paterno not making off-campus visits any longer.

"Each guy here on the staff is a veteran recruiter, so everybody's got their own kind of recruiting style, so I just kind of let the guys run with that," London said.

He then added, "We recruit every night. After practice we watch the tape, and then every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday night we're making our recruiting calls, we're writing letters, we're watching film, we're evaluating. So not only for myself but for the whole staff, we spend two or three hours each night just on recruiting after we watch practice."

Penn State will only be able to offer 15 scholarships a year for the next four years. London said of the sanctions, "We really haven't seen it as a problem so far."

"Kids are still excited to come here, excited to play here, they love the style of offense and defense that we're employing here. So it really hasn't been an issue for us," he said.

The Nittany Lions will still go after top recruits despite the sanctions.

"Our goals are not going to change, our objectives are not going to change," London said. "We're still going to go out and recruit the best players in our area and try to get them to come here to Penn State.

"Now, do we have to be, maybe cross our Ts and dot our Is a little bit more with lesser numbers? Of course. A lot of times you'll have a recruiting class, you'll sign 25 kids and maybe six or seven of those guys don't pan out for you. Well, we can't afford that luxury of signing a certain amount of guys and having a quarter of them or so not work out."

Penn State also will seek JUCO players who can help immediately. It's been reported that the Lions already have offers out to Iowa Western quarterback Jake Waters and running back Aaron Wimberly.

"It will be an important avenue for us," London said of JUCO recruiting. "I'm sure you guys are aware we're already kind of exploring some options there and will continue to do so."

He went on to point out, "There's a lot of players who go to JUCO, not because of their grade situation, but just because maybe they weren't as highly recruited as they thought they were going to be coming out of high school or they wanted to be coming out of high school. … Some of those guys we just need to identify and pursue from there."

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