April 21, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien on the sidelines during the spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

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Penn State is one of four schools on the list for Florida high school linebacker Freddie Stevenson.

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Penn State Recruiting 2013: TE Adam Breneman Reaffirms Commitment

A key recruit in the 2013 Penn State class, tight end Adam Breneman has decided to remain committed to the Nittany Lions. Breneman is the top tight end recruit in the country, according to Rivals. Without Breneman, other members of the 2013 class could have departed.

In addition to Breneman, Christian Hackenberg, a 4-star quarterback recruit and Elite 11 invitee from Virginia announced that he was still committed this past weekend. For the moment, the Nittany Lions have also retained 5-star offensive tackle Dorian Johnson (via ESPN Insider $).

Penn State's recruits and current players are theoretically up for grabs after the sanctions which the NCAA and Big Ten Conference recently levied against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Current Penn State players will be allowed to transfer without sitting out a season. Penn State's Class of 2013 players won't be able to compete for the Big Ten title or be able to participate in a bowl game until their senior years.

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Penn State Football Recruiting 2012: Belle Vernon OT Dorian Johnson Commits To Nittany Lions

Belle Vernon, PA, offensive tackle Dorian Johnson committed to the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday, pennlive.com reports. The 6'6, 280-pound offensive lineman is considered one of the top prospects in the state, if not the country. He is the Nittany Lions' fifth in-state pledge for the Class of 2013, joining Adam Breneman, Will Fuller, Andrew Nelson and Curtis Cothran.

Johnson has received high marks across the major recruiting services. Rivals and Scout both rated him as the No. 13 and 23 offensive tackle prospect in the country, respectively, making him four-star on both sites. 247Sports was even more bullish, tabbing Johnson as the 12th best player in the country and No. 2 OT prospect.

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Penn State Football Recruiting 2012: Nittany Lions One Of Four Schools With Offers To LB Freddie Stevenson

Penn State is one of four schools on the list for Florida high school linebacker Freddie Stevenson. According to SB Nation's national recruiting editor, Bud Elliot, Penn State is one of three schools that has an offer out to Stevenson.

The other schools on Stevenson's list are Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M. All of those schools are courting the young linebacker, but Florida is the only one that has yet to make an offer.

In an interview with Elliot, Stevenson explained what appealed to him about the Nittany Lions.

"I love how Penn State develops linebackers, and I like coach [Stan] Hixon," Stevenson said. Hixon has been instrumental in Penn State's renewed recruiting efforts in the Sunshine State.

Listed at 6'1" 230 pounds, Stevenson plays at Bartow High School in Florida. recruiting analysts put him in the range of three to four stars. He broke his fibula last November, and had surgery to repair it in January. He has since been cleared, but is still in the process of getting back to full health.

Stevenson has plans to pay an official visit to Penn State in the near future.

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Penn State Football Recruiting 2012: Three Nittany Lions Commits In ESPN U Top 50

Three Penn State commits were named among the ESPN U Top 150 high school football recruits of 2013, on a list that was released Tuesday.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union Military Academy, Richmond, VA) is rated the No. 11 prospect in the nation, and the second-best quarterback behind Texas commit Tyrone Swoopes (No. 8 overall). The other two future Nittany Lions to make the list were tight end Adam Breneman (Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill, PA) and defensive tackle Greg Webb (Timber Creek Regional High School, Erial, NJ).

Hackenberg got Bill O'Brien's 2013 recruiting class off to a good start when he committed in February. The signal-caller turned down offered from Florida, Rutgers, Alabama, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia and Connecticut to take his talents to Penn State.

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Penn State Recruiting 2013: Four-Star OL Brendan Mahon Pledges Commitment To Penn State, According To Report

Four-star offensive lineman Brendan Mahon has pledged his commitment to the Penn St. Nittany Lions, according to reports. The 6-5, 302-pound high school senior-to-be hails from Randolph, N.J., and is ranked as the 190th best overall prospect in the Class of 2013 according to Rivals.com.

"Penn State was always a school I was real interested in," Mahon told Rivals.com, "and after spending some time with [Penn State sophomore lineman] Angelo Mangiro, he was just telling me that I have to do what's good for me, and I just think Penn State is the best choice."

Mahon becomes the fifth member of the Nittany Lions' class, all of whom have earned four-star ratings. He also considered offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Michigan, Miami and Florida before giving Bill O'Brien his commitment. He has apparently become close friends New Jersey defensive end Garrett Sickels, another Penn State pledge.

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Penn State Recruiting 2013: QB Christian Hackenberg Commits To Penn State, According To Reports

The Penn State Nittany Lions got off to a good start on 2013 recruiting Wednesday, reportedly receiving a commitment from four-star quarterback Christian Hackenberg out of Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia.

Hackenberg, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound pocket passer with a strong arm, becomes the first prospect to commit to Bill O'Brien's 2013 recruiting class. Rated the No. 153 junior recruit in the nation by Rivals.com, Hackenberg turned down offers from Florida, Rutgers, Alabama, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia and Connecticut to commit to Penn State.

The highly-touted signal-caller recently visited State College, telling StateCollege.com he likes that O'Brien worked with Tom Brady during his time with the New England Patriots.

"What Coach O'Brien did with Tom Brady, it's definitely a great opportunity for me," Hackenberg said. "It's a great school. I like their system. And I am originally from PA."

"I want to be comfortable with the coaching staff and I want to be able to fit in with the team," Hackenberg said. "A family feeling is one thing that's important to me."

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2012 Penn State Football Recruiting Ranking: Nittany Lions Finish In Middle Of Big Ten

The Penn State Nittany Lions picked up 19 recruits in their incoming 2012 class but how did they stack up nationally and within the Big Ten?

Bill O'Brien's first class was nationally ranked as high as 39th by 247 Sports.com and as low as 50th by Rivals. Scout had the incoming Penn State class ranked as 49th.

In the Big Ten, Scout ranked Ohio State (3), Michigan (4), Michigan State (t35), Iowa (39) and Northwestern (48) higher than Penn State.

Rivals had Ohio State (4), Michigan (6), Nebraska (25), Purdue (35), Michigan State (39) and Iowa (41) ahead of the Nittany Lions.

247 Sports had Ohio State (5), Michigan (8), Nebraska (29), Iowa (37) and Michigan State (38) in front of Penn State.

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Penn State Football Recruiting 2012: National Signing Day Recap

The finishing touches have been placed on Bill O'Brien's inaugural recruiting class as the head coach at Penn State, and Nittany Lions fans have something to look forward to.

Despite the recent turmoil surrounding the program, O'Brien and his newly assembled staff hauled in 19 recruits, led by WR Eugene Lewis and DT Jamil Pollard, both Rivals four star recruits.

In a near even split, 10 offensive players and nine defensive players signed their letters of intent to play for Penn State. As O'Brien plans to continue to do, Penn State targeted players within close proximity of State College, and 16 of the 19 recruits attended high school less than 350 miles away from where they will matriculate this fall.

O'Brien, who remains on the staff of the New England Patriots as they prepare for Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, credited his assistant coaches for their diligence in the recruiting process, and lauded the work of defensive line coach Larry Johnson. He said Wednesday, "I've got to give a lot of credit to the assistant coaches, especially (defensive line coach) Larry Johnson, who I asked to oversee the (recruiting) transition period here. As evidenced by today, he did a great job of keeping it rolling. The other guys came in there and hit the ground running."

Penn State's 19 recruits come from nine different states as well as one player, RB Akeel Lynch, from Canada.

The class breakdown by position is as follows: one quarterback, one running back, two tight ends, four wide receivers, two offensive linemen, five defensive linemen, one linebacker, and three defensive backs.

Rivals weighed in on Penn State's class, and ranked it 50th overall, and eighth amongst Big Ten schools.

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National Signing Day 2012: Penn State Signs 19 Recruits

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien announced his 2012 recruiting class earlier today. The Nittany Lions will bring in a total of 19 recruits this season. Below, you can see a chart of the entire incoming class (via Go PSU Sports).

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl./El. High School/Hometown
Steven Bench QB 6-2 200 Fr./Fr. Cairo/Bainbridge, Ga.
Da'Quan Davis DB 5-11 165 Fr./Fr. Calvert Hall College HS/Rosedale, Md.
Derek Dowrey DL 6-3 280 Fr./Fr. John Handley/Winchester, Va.
Brian Gaia DL 6-4 285 Fr./Fr. Gilman School/Pasadena, Md.
Malik Golden WR 6-2 185 Fr./Fr. Cheshire Academy/Hartford, Conn.
Jesse James TE 6-7 265 Fr./Fr. South Allegheny/Glassport, Pa.
Austin Johnson DL 6-5 285 Fr./Fr. St. Augustine Prep/Galloway, N.J.
Jake Kiley DB 6-1 170 Fr./Fr. New Hampton School/Plymouth, N.H.
Wendy Laurent OL 6-3 285 Fr./Fr. The Hun School/Hamilton, N.J.
Eugene Lewis WR 6-2 185 Fr./Fr. Wyoming Valley West/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Jordan Lucas DB 6-1 185 Fr./Fr. Worcester Academy/New Rochelle, N.Y.
Akeel Lynch RB 6-0 195 Fr./Fr. St. Francis (N.Y.)/Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jamil Pollard DL 6-4 275 Fr./Fr. West Deptford/West Deptford, N.J.
Evan Schwan DL 6-6 245 Fr./Fr. Central Dauphin/Harrisburg, Pa.
Anthony Stanko OL 6-5 295 Fr./Fr. Howland/Howland, Ohio
Jonathan Warner WR 6-1 195 Fr./Fr. Camas/Camas,Wash.
Nyeem Wartman LB 6-3 240 Fr./Fr. Valley View/Jessup, Pa.
Brent Wilkerson TE 6-5 250 Fr./Fr. DeMatha Catholic/Clinton, Md.
Trevor Williams WR 6-1 180 Fr./Fr. Calvert Hall College HS/Nottingham, Md.

In total, the class has recruits from nine different states. Penn State also has one recruit from Canada in this year's incoming class. There were no surprises for the Nittany Lions on signing day as they got National Letters of Intent from everyone they anticipated signing.

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Eugene Lewis Commits To Penn State On National Signing Day 2012

The Nittany Lions received some very good news on Wednesday morning.

Eugene Lewis, a consensus 4-Star recruit, has committed to Penn State on National Signing Day 2012. Lewis, who played for Wyoming Valley West High School, chose Penn State over Oregon and West Virginia, the two other finalists for his services.

Lewis helps to solidify Bill O'Brien's first recruiting class which has been in constant flux. O'Brien has to be thrilled to add the 6'2'' 180 pound wide receiver.

The Nittany Lions struggled offensively against elite opponents in 2011 but Lewis should help to fix that problem.

It's also a good sign that Penn State was able to secure a in-state athlete. After losing out on Demetrious Cox earlier on National Signing Day, this was important to re-establish credibility within Pennsylvania amidst all the turmoil.

While the incoming class isn't overwhelming, it's certainly a solid one by any measure considering the circumstances. The Nittany Lions faithful just got a nice boost on National Signing Day.

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Penn State Recruiting 2012: The Nittany Lions Miss Out On Demetrious Cox

Demetrious Cox, a consensus four star recruit, has committed to the Michigan State Spartans on National Signing Day 2012. Cox, who played for Jeannette High School in Jeannette, PA, chose Michigan State over Penn State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, the other finalists for his services.

This comes as a tough break for Bill O'Brien and the Nittany Lions. Losing an in-state recruit always hurts, but even more this year because of all of the issues surrounding the university. Signing players from nearby is Penn State's best bet this year, and Cox was a big fish.

The 6'2'', 192 pound Cox will be playing safety for the Spartans. He was the top unsigned athlete coming into the day from Pennsylvania and the ultimate hope for many Nittany Lions fans today.

It's been a down year in recruiting for Penn State, which has to be expected after all that has gone on between the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the coaching upheaval.

The class was ranked 46th coming into the day by rivals.com but hasn't done anything to move up on National Signing Day.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: Nittany Lions Pretty Much Set For 2012

The list of potential star recruits faxing their letters of intent to the Penn State Nittany Lions on National Signing Day was long at one point. The likes of DE Noah Spence, DT Tommy Schutt, OL Joey O'Connor, LBs David Perkins and Camren Williams and DB Armani Reeves were all headed to Happy Valley before flipping their pledges, almost simultaneously, to the Ohio State Buckeyes. The backlash from the Jerry Sandusky scandal was harsh, leaving the Nittany Lions with a less stellar class than they initially hoped.

With head coach Bill O'Brien more concerned with winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots than securing high school prospects at the moment, there doesn't appear to be much of an upshot for Penn State. Wide receiver Eugene Lewis is currently the only Penn State pledge to be designated a four-star by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

With 19 commitments set to fax their LOI barring any unforeseen changes, Penn State are essentially set with their class. Unless a new name pops up on their radar at the last minute, the Nittany Lions will likely bank their remaining scholarship for next season.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: DE Evan Schwan Commits To Nittany Lions

The Penn State Nittany Lions picked up their 19th commitment when Central Dauphin defensive end Evan Schawn gave his verbal commitment after visiting the school this weekend (via Penn Live.com).

Schwan (6-6, 235), a two or three-star defensive end depending on the recruiting service, chose Penn State over other offers from Connecticut, Iowa, Kent State, Rutgers and Temple. All those schools listed except Kent State offered Schwan a scholarship just before he made his visit to Penn State.

During his senior season, Schwan made 78 tackles and 17 sacks for the PIAA Class AAAA champion Rams. Schwan was a pass rush specialist for Central Dauphin. He bounced back from his junior season that ended after two quarters with an injury.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: Skyler Mornhinweg Decommits From Penn State, Verbals To Florida

Highly-touted quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg, who had already backed away from a commitment to Stanford in favor of Penn State, changed his mind once again.

ESPN reports the Nittany Lions lost the four star prospect, son of Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, to the Florida Gators this week, when the quarterback gave a verbal commitment to Florida coach Will Muschamp.

Mornhinweg originally committed to Penn State last July, but now becomes one of many recruits to flee University Park after the Jerry Sandusky scandal and Joe Paterno's subsequent firing. The 6-3, 215 pound Mornhinweg reportedly visited Florida this weekend with his mother and enjoyed his time. Muschamp and newly-hired Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease then visited Mornhinweg's school on Wednesday and he was soon a Gator, according to GatorCountry.com.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: Skyler Mornhinweg Considering Florida, Virgina Tech

Penn State scored a coup when they lured four star QB Skyler Mornhinweg, son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty, away from Stanford to Happy Valley. Now, however, they may be the victim of Mornhinweg's latest change of heart. According to reports, he is considering dropping his commitment to the Nittany Lions and instead opting for the Florida Gators on national signing day.

They have told another QB prospect, named Paxton Lynch, that they would not extend him a scholarship offer until they know whether. Skyler Mornhinweg spurns their advances.

"The Florida coaches told me that they were waiting until tonight to let that other quarterback, Mornhinweg, make a decision and they will let me know tomorrow what is going on," Lynch said.

According to the report from ESPN, the Gators expect to hear from Mornhinweg either way sometime on Thursday. However, even if Penn State fends off Florida, Mornhinweg is reportedly also taking a visit to Virginia Tech this weekend. If you want to play a little six degrees of separation... Sklyer is the son of Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, whose current QB happens to be Michael Vick, who just so happens to be the greatest QB to ever play for the Hokies. Might Vick be lobbying Skyler to take a look at his alma mater?

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Penn State Football Recruiting: OL Wendy Laurent Commits

The Penn St. Nittany Lions landed a three-star or two-star OL commitment (depending on the recruiting service) from Wendy Laurent yesterday (via Altoona Mirror).

Laurent (6-4, 285) is an offensive lineman from the Hun School in Princeton, NJ. Laurent chose Penn State over other offers from Buffalo, Connecticut, UMass and Navy. Laurent is a versatile lineman who also played on the defensive line in high school.

Here's a highlight video of Laurent in action

Laurent is new head coach Bill O'Brien's seventh commit overall, but the sixth in the past three days. Penn State currently has 19 commits in the Class of 2012. College football's National Signing Day is on Feb. 1. However, it is important for Penn State to land commits before that date. O'Brien will be with the Patriots on Feb. 1 preparing for the Super Bowl.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: QB Steven Bench Commits To Nittany Lions

The Penn St. Nittany Lions landed a quarterback recruit earlier today when Cairo High School (GA) prospect Steven Bench flipped his commitment from Rice to Penn State (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Bench (6-2, 200) is a three-star or 2-star quarterback, depending on the recruiting service. Bench said about his decision to change his commitment

"It was a really tough decision, but I felt like Penn State was the right choice for me," Bench said. "The school was amazing, the facilities were amazing, and the thing that really stood out there during my visit was the school pride. Everybody loves it there. It's hard to find a place where 44,000 people like the school they go to."

Bench seems firm in his commitment. Mississippi State called him this morning but he told them that his recruitment is finished.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: LB Beau Hankins Labels Nittany Lions Finalist

A Penn State hat will rest on the table. It's up to Nittany Lions recruit Beau Hankins whether he wants to wear it.

Hankins, a 6-1, 230-pound inside linebacker ranked No. 55 nationally at his position and No. 64 among all Alabama high schoolers, announced that he will make his college decision official on national signing day, Wednesday, Feb. 1. (via ESPN Insider)

"It will be at 11 a.m. (CT) at the school auditorium," Hankins said. "It will be on Feb. 1st. All the hats will be on the table -- Arkansas, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Wake Forest, Stanford and FIU."

Hankins has already taken official visits to Central Florida, Florida International and Arkansas, and is deciding whether he will take a visit to Georgia Tech.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: Bill O'Brien Will Be With Patriots On National Signing Day

National Signing Day is arguably the single biggest day of the offseason for college football coaches. The upcoming freshman class is essentially finalized as high school stars fax in their letters of intent to coaching staffs huddled around often outdated and malfunctioning equipment. Unfortunately, the Penn State Nittany Lions will be without new head coach Bill O'Brien on Wednesday, Feb. 1, as the New England Patriots prepare for Super Bowl XLVI, according to Joe Schad:

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will be in Indianapolis w Patriots on Feb 1 National Signing Day
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The Nittany Lions have been hemorrhaging recruits ever since the late Joe Paterno was fired back in November. The Ohio State Buckeyes have been the biggest beneficiaries, securing former PSU commits Joey O'Connor, David Perkins, Tommy Schutt and Camren Williams. Four-star defensive back Armani Reeves announced his decommitment Monday, and will decide between the Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines.

Though, the precise effect of the Patriots' long run through the playoffs is unknown, it cannot have helped that O'Brien has had to divert much of his time game planning for NFL opponents while other college coaches are chatting up mothers inside the homes of potential commitments.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: RB Akeel Lynch Decommits from Boston College, Pledges To Become Nittany Lion

Three-star running back Akeel Lynch, who originally committed to Boston College, changed his mind after the coaching change at Penn State and will become a Nittany Lion instead, according to ESPN Insider.

Lynch was not recruited heavily by the old regime at Penn State, but coach Bill O'Brien and the rest of the new staff made the back feel wanted. Lynch made an official visit over the weekend and changed his commitment to Penn State.

"It’s exciting because you always dream for them to call and to actually go there is pretty exciting," Lynch said. "It motivates you to keep doing what you’re doing."

"I always wanted to see Penn State when I was committed to BC. I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision," Lynch said. "When they hired [the new staff] they contacted me. It’s what I always dreamed about."

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Penn State Football Recruiting: Four-Star S Demetrious Cox Visits, Likes New Staff

A lot has changed about Penn State football in the last year, but four-star safety recruit Demetrious Cox still lists State College as a possible destination. (via ESPN Insider)

Cox, who was originally recruited by Tom Bradley before Penn State was knocked by scandal, visited the school for the second time this past weekend and had a chance to meet with the new coaching staff for the first time. He left with a better understanding of the school, and seemed to enjoy his time with new coach Bill O'Brien's crew.

"It went good," Cox said. "I talked to the new coaches and liked the vibe I was getting and the direction they’re talking about going in. It was overall a good visit."

"They were saying they liked everything about me," Cox said. "I fit in with what they need, which is at safety right now. I can come in and play and be a leader."

"I’m getting a positive feel from coach O’Brien," Cox said. "He’s not going to change the tradition but build off of it."

Many questions Cox had about the program were put to bed this weekend, but he still wonders one thing:

"The only question I still have is how the season is going to go with them," said Cox, who said the subject did not come up this weekend. "I’m not really sure yet."

Cox said he will take two more school visits to Notre Dame, Ohio State and/or Wisconsin.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: DB Jordan Lucas Decommits From Temple, Joins Nittany Lions

After experiencing a rash of decommits in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and Bill O'Brien taking over as head coach, the Penn State Nittany Lions appear to have finally scored a coup of their own. Defensive back Jordan Lucas of Worcester Academy in New Rochelle, NY, switched his pledge from the Temple Owls to the Nittany Lions on Monday, giving Penn State 15 commitments so far for the high school class of 2012.

The 6-1, 195-pound Lucas reportedly received and accepted the new scholarship offer on the same day. It's not too surprising, considering he lists Temple, Old Dominion, Massachusetts and Akron as his only other offers. Penn State obviously offers a much bigger stage, even if embroiled in turmoil.

The decommitment still leaves Temple with four defensive back in its current class, not to mention several athletes that may be able to play in the secondary. Lucas was arguably the highest profile of them all, however.

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Penn State Recruiting: Defensive Tackle Jamil Pollard Commits To Nittany Lions

The Penn State Nittany Lions landed their first recruit since the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke when Jamil Pollard committed on Friday (via ESPN). Pollard announced his decision at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

Pollard is a 6-4, 285 pound defensive tackle from West Deptford High School in New Jersey. He is a three-star recruit who had offers from Alabama, Boston College, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Rutgers.

Pollard has an official visit to Penn State scheduled for Jan. 13. This is his second commitment to Penn State. Poor grades caused the school to pull his offer in July.

Since the scandal broke, the Nittany Lions lost out on three former commits: Tommy Schutt (committed to Ohio State), Joey O'Connor and J.P. Holtz. Noah Spence, who originally gave the Nittany Lions a look, also decided against Penn State and committed to Ohio State.

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Noah Spence Recruiting: Defensive End Commits To Ohio State

Prized defensive end Noah Spence from Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg, PA was at one point believed to be headed to Penn State. Unfortunately, due to the turmoil in Happy Valley and uncertainty with the coaching staff, they fell out of favor and the No. 4 rated player according to ESPN is headed to the Nittany Lions' rivals in the Big Ten: 

Under Armour All-American defensive end Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt), one of only nine five-stars in the nation according to ESPNU, committed to sign with Ohio State on Sunday following an official visit, Jared Shanker reports.

"It just felt right -- the family atmosphere, the great coaches," Spence said shortly after leaving the Ohio State campus. "The players want to win and the coaches want to win, and they're trying to build something that I want to be a part of. ... I wanted to get it out the way. It felt right, so, you know, why not?"

Urban Meyer is said to have played a major role in landing Spence, who was not even considering being a Buckeye until Meyer was hired. Ohio State has also nabbed five-star recruit Tommy Schutt, who had committed to Penn State over the summer. 

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Penn State Recruiting: Nittany Lions Lose Former Commit Tommy Schutt To Ohio State

Tommy Schutt, a five-star defensive tackle from Illinois in the Class of 2012, originally committed to Penn State during the summer of 2011. According a report (via Allen Trieu's Twitter), Schutt has now decommitted from Penn State and committed to Ohio State. The Buckeyes were high on Schutt's list during the beginning of his recruitment. He had backed off when Jim Tressel was fired. Schutt eventually committed to Penn State after a visit. Once the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke, Schutt said he would wait to see how the situation developed.

Schutt is Urban Meyer's first commit since he became the head coach at Ohio State. Schutt made an official visit to Columbus this past weekend.

Penn State is still continuing their coaching search after firing longtime head coach Joe Paterno.

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Penn State Recruiting: Nittany Lions A Finalist For Demetrious Cox

Penn State are finalists for the commitment of four star rated athlete Demetrious Cox according to a report from ESPN's Jared Shanker. Cox, who hails from from Jeannette, Pennsylvania, is also considering offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Cox has yet to make an official visit, but did make an unofficial stop at Penn State during the season. Tom Bradley has been recruiting him personally.

Cox is 6-0, 192 pounds with plus speed and versatility. He'll likely play WR or DB in college, but has been playing the QB position in high school. Here's what the ESPN scouting service had to say about him

Cox is a really explosive athlete with terrific play speed, sudden change-of-direction and the ability to be a homerun threat in space. He is essentially a wide receiver playing quarterback for this team due to his open field run skills and the difficult match-up he presents. He sees limited snaps out wide, but enough so that we feel the transition will not be a difficult one. Makes all his plays with his feet as a designated runner. He is wiry, but with an athletic build and good height.

Cox is a BCS level prospect with the movement skills and speed to be a significant pass catching threat for the next level. Being the athlete that he is with his set of measurables he might be a candidate as a corner. Good player.

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Penn State Recruiting: Three Recruits Withdraw Commitment In Wake Of Scandal

The human damage to come in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal is well known at this point. However, the damage from a football perspective will likely be felt for years as well. ESPN's recruiting blog reports that three Penn State recruits have withdrawn their commitments because of the scandal.

The biggest loss was three star rated TE J.P. Holtz from Pittsburgh. He had been recruited by Tom Bradley personally but informed the interim head coach that we would not be attending Happy Valley. He is now thought to be choosing between Pitt and Purdue.

Another big loss was OT Joe O'Connor, who was the first to rescind his commitment in the wake of the scandal. O'Connor is an Under Armour All-American. He has offers from a number of top teams in the Pac-12

Penn State has also lost the services of linebacker Bryton Barr was going to be a "preferred walk-on."

Finally, while five star DE Noah Spence was not a Penn State commit, the Nittany Lions were considered the leader for his services. Now, he's decided that his first visit will be to Ohio State, where he's being recruited personally by Urban Meyer.

For more Penn State recruiting updates check out our recruiting storystream.

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Noah Spence Recruiting: Penn State No Longer The Favorite?

Penn State was once considered the favorite for five star DE Noah Spence. That no longer appears to be the case

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