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PSU recruiting update

January 27, 2013
By Philip Cmor (pcmor@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

PENN STATE

PlayerHt.Wt.Pos.Hometown

Richie Anderson6-0180RBFrederick, Md.

Chose PSU over: Maryland, Wake Forest, Boston College, East Carolina, Rutgers

Assistant coach who opened the door: Larry Johnson

FYI: The son of one of the best Lion running backs of the last 30 years helped his team make the state finals as a junior.

Brandon Bell6-1222LBMays Landing, N.J.

Chose PSU over: Rutgers, Northwestern, Boston College, West Virginia, Maryland

Assistant coach who opened the door: Ron Vanderlinden

FYI: Named to the Atlantic City Press first-team all-area team three times.

Adam Breneman6-5225TECamp Hill, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Maryland

Assistant coach who opened the door: Larry Johnson

FYI: Rated as a consensus top-30 prospect in the country before missing his senior season with a knee injury.

Curtis Cothran6-5235DENewtown, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Rutgers, Maryland

Assistant coach who opened the door: John Butler

FYI: Class AAAA all-state selection played with future teammates Brandon Bell and Andrew Nelson in Chesapeake Bowl.

Parker Cothren6-5265DTHazel Green, Ala.

Chose PSU over: Purdue

Assistant coach who opened the door: Ted Roof

FYI: First-team all-Alabama selection received interest from Vanderbilt, Auburn and Tennessee after committing to Lions.

Tyler Ferguson6-4210QBBakersfield, Calif.

Chose PSU over: Houston, Akron, Florida Atlantic

Assistant coach who opened the door: Charlie Fisher

FYI: Rated as the No. 2 junior college quarterback prospect in the country by 247Sports.com.

Kasey Gaines5-10160SLoganville, Ga.

Chose PSU over: Harvard, VMI, Presbyterian, Howard

Assistant coach who opened the door: Ted Roof

FYI: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Gwinett County Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 when he helped Grayson win a state Class 6A title.

Christian Hackenberg6-3215QBCharlottesville, Va.

Chose PSU over: Miami, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida

Assistant coach who opened the door: Charles London

FYI: Five-star prospect whose father, Erick, played in the Big 33 Classic after signing with Virginia.

DaeSean Hamilton6-1182WRFredericksburg, Va.

Chose PSU over: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Miami, Illinois, Michigan State, Duke

Assistant coach who opened the door: Larry Johnson

FYI: High school coach also coached Nittany Lion all-time leading receiver Deon Butler while at another school.

Tanner Hartman6-5255GLynchburg, Va.

Chose PSU over: Maryland, Temple, Liberty, Richmond

Assistant coach who opened the door: Larry Johnson

FYI: Son of 6-7, 300-pound Virginia Tech standout played prep school ball for former PSU quarterback Frank Rocco and against Christian Hackenberg.

Zayd Issah6-3215LBHarrisburg, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Oregon, Arizona State, Maryland

Assistant coach who opened the door: Larry Johnson

FYI: Two-time all-state pick was the Pennsylvania Class AAAA co-player of the year as a junior.

Brendon Mahon6-4315GRandolph, N.J.

Chose PSU over: Rutgers, Boston College, UConn, West Virginia

Assistant coach who opened the door: John Strollo

FYI: One of two Lion recruits selected to play in this year's U.S. Army All-American game.

Andrew Nelson6-5263GHershey, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Maryland, Temple, Northwestern, Missouri, Pitt

Assistant coach who opened the door: Larry Johnson

FYI: Posted best overall athletic score for players weighing at least 250 pounds at 2013 Massillon, Ohio SPARQ Combine.

Neiko Robinson5-11170CBFlomaton, Ala.

Chose PSU over: Minnesota, North Texas State, Alabama-Birmingham

Assistant coach who opened the door: Ted Roof

FYI: Moved from across the state line to Florida for senior year and led team to state championship, picking off a pass in title game.

Garrett Sickels6-4238DELittle Silver, N.J.

Chose PSU over: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Alabama, Georgia.

Assistant coach who opened the door: John Strollo

FYI: U.S. Army All-American participant had more than 30 scholarship offers and 30 career sacks.

Anthony Smith6-1186CBRandolph, N.J.

Chose PSU over: Gardner-Webb, Rhode Island

Assistant coach who opened the door: Ron Vanderlinden

FYI: Post-graduate player who spent last season playing at Valley Forge Military Academy outside Philadelphia.

Jordan Smith5-10187SUpper Marlboro, Md.

Chose PSU over: Colorado, Illinois, Kansas

Assistant coach who opened the door: Larry Johnson

FYI: Trained by Roman Morris, the father of Lion senior cornerback Stephon Morris, and former NFL defensive back Troy Vincent.

-Compiled by Philip Cmor

 
 
 

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