Several updates

Penn State picked up its 11th verbal commitment for the 2012 recruiting class when Valley View linebacker Nyeem Wartman pledged Sunday.

Wartman is the second linebacker to commit to the Nittany Lions, joining Camren Williams, who verballed March 25. The commitment of Wartman, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, probably wraps up Penn State’s linebacker class especially given his versatility. Right now Wartman is most likely an outside linebacker, and a strong-side one at that, but he has the size that would work well in the middle and the speed to be able to play sideline to sideline.

A bit of bad news is that defensive back Shyquawn Pullium will not be playing at Penn State this fall. Pullium, who was recruited initially out of Erie in 2010, spent last season at Kiski Prep, where Curtis Ennis and Daryll Clark both spent post-graduate years. Pullium did not meet the qualifying standard to enroll at Penn State and is now at Blinn College where Cam Newton spent a year after leaving Florida and before arriving at Auburn. The loss of Pullium, who brought a good size-speed combo to the position, hurts Penn State’s depth at defensive back in the future more than anything else. After this season, when the eligibility of D’Anton Lynn and Chaz Powell run out, the Nittany Lions will have just four corners on scholarship. As of right now none of PSU’s 11 commitments for the 2012 class are corners so the Lions will need to bring in at least three to replenish depth or look to move several wide receivers over to defense.

Other than that, it’s pretty quiet in State College right now. The Nittany Lions had their Lift for Life, a charity event that benefits kidney cancer research, last Friday and a lot of attention was paid to quarterbacks Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin. Both said the right things and feel confident in their chances to be under center when Penn State plays mighty Indiana State on Sept. 3. I’ll talk more about this as preseason practice gets closer, but I just can’t see Bolden not winning the job. Given a chance to go through a spring practice and summer workouts (Bolden did that last year, but then he was just getting to know everyone) and be comfortable in Penn State’s offense should help Bolden win the job running away. If he can’t do that it might be a long season in Happy Valley.

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