Penn State Football: 5 Recruits Who Will Start as Freshmen in 2013

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Penn State Football: 5 Recruits Who Will Start as Freshmen in 2013
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Despite the NCAA sanctions, Penn State has been able to recruit a solid crop of freshmen for 2013. Several incoming players will have an opportunity to start for the Nittany Lions next season.

ESPN has Penn State ranked as the 25th best class for 2013. The Nittany Lions have 12 total commitments, including two in the ESPN Top 150 and five 4-star recruits.

Rivals.com differs slightly from ESPN, ranking the Lions at No. 42.

Head coach Bill O'Brien had to deal with player transfers before the start of the 2012 season, forcing him to start several freshmen at key positions. That trend should continue next season.

Under the NCAA sanctions, current players can still transfer without penalty until August.

Graduating seniors will leave O'Brien searching for talent to insert into the starting lineup. The following slides highlight five Penn State recruits who should see starts in 2013.

Note: Included in the slides are highlight videos of each recruit that showcase their talents.

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