Time to catch up

With no entries since the end of spring practice I thought I’d catch up on some things regarding the Nittany Lions.

Penn State’s recruiting class is up to 11 members, with two-way linemen Derrick Dowrey and Austin Johnson both committing after receiving offers following PSU’s NIKE camp this past weekend. Neither one is highly regarded by recruiting services, but Dowrey moves well for an interior defensive lineman and could play the 1-technique or guard. Johnson is an outstanding basketball player who would play 3-technique on defense or maybe develop into an offensive tackle. I like linemen with versatility and athleticism, probably the most overlooked aspect when looking at big guys.

Two other players received offers after camping at PSU this weekend — Athol Springs, N.Y. running back Akeel Lynch and Cheshire, Conn., defensive back Malik Golden. Both players have offers from other Division I schools, but their interests were definitely piqued when Penn State threw its hat into the ring. Golden is being recruited by some school as a wide receiver, but the Nittany Lions are looking at him on defense. His size (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) and speed (4.52 seconds in the 40) are a good fit as a boundary corner at PSU. Lynch missed time last season with an unknown injury, but at 6-foot and 205 pounds with good speed he’s an intriguing option should Austintown, Ohio’s William Mahnone, PSU’s top target at running back, end up elsewhere.

The obvious good news regarding the team is that Rob Bolden is on campus and will compete for the starting job with Matt McGloin. The bad news is it appears Paul Jones won’t play this fall to concentrate on academics. Jones scuffled with his school work after enrolling early in 2010 and that was why he was never in consideration for the starting job last fall. It seems that is still the case. That means Kevin Newsome, who looked all but ready to transfer after the spring semester, might stick around. With his talent and athleticism, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if Penn State tried to get Newsome on the field 5-10 times a game like it did early in Michael Robinson’s career.

That’s all for right now. Don’t want to do too much at one time. I promise to be more diligent about blogging as the summer moves along.

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