Penn State Football: Updated Look at Nittany Lions' 2013 Recruiting

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Penn State Football: Updated Look at Nittany Lions' 2013 Recruiting
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Penn State is wrapping up its recruiting for the class of 2013. With National Signing Day just around the corner on February 6th, the Nittany Lions will look to finalize their class of recruits and work to add any last-minute targets.

With 17 commitments, ESPN has the Nittany Lions ranked as the No. 24 class in the nation. That's more than respectable considering all of the circumstances that now come with going to Penn State.

This is an overview of who's already signed, who already enrolled at the school and who is being targeted in the final weeks of recruiting.

 

2013 Commits

Despite the NCAA sanctions levied against Penn State, top talent has not been scared away from the school. The NFL pedigree of head coach Bill O'Brien, coupled with a successful 8-4 season a year ago, still make Penn State a desirable landing spot for some of the best players in the nation.

Currently, there are 17 recruits in the class. Three-star linebacker Jonathan Walton recently withdrew his commitment to the school, citing lack of communication and the departure of defensive coordinator Ted Roof.

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The jewel of the group is quarterback Christian Hackenberg. A 4-star recruit, he is the top pocket passer in the nation and was the first Penn State commitment of the 2013 class.

Hackenberg will have a chance to flourish under the tutelage of head coach Bill O'Brien, who helped Matt McGloin put up career numbers during the 2012 season.

Adam Breneman, the top tight end in the nation, will look to take advantage of O'Brien's use of the tight end in the passing game.

The class includes a good mix of offense and defense, with eight players for offense and nine currently slated for the defensive side.

Four-star defensive end recruit, Garrett Sickels from New Jersey, has a chance to make a big impact as early as next season for the Nittany Lions. He turned away offers from SEC powerhouses Georgia, Florida and Alabama in order to attend Penn State.

Overall, the class consists of six 4-star recruits, eight 3-stars and three 2-star recruits. Hackenberg and Breneman are both ranked in the ESPN 150. Offensive lineman Brendan Mahon is ranked in the ESPN 300.

Click here for a complete list of Penn State's 2013 commitments.

                (Courtesy of ESPN Recruiting Nation)

 

Early Enrollees

Penn State saw five of its 2013 recruits enroll into the school this year when the January term started up. These recruits can begin the transition to college life and get ready to be members of the team when spring practice begins.

Below is a list of the five Penn State recruits who are getting an early jump on their college careers.

TE Adam Breneman

QB Tyler Ferguson

CB Jordan Smith

RB Richy Anderson

CB Anthony Smith

 

Remaining Targets

With three scholarships remaining for the class, there are still several targets who Penn State is hoping to land.

Though many on the target list have since chosen other schools, the players below all have Penn State near the top of their lists.

CB Deondre Singleton 3-star Top 3: Penn State, Duke, Wisconsin *Committed to Duke 1/20*

DT Rod Crayton 3-star Top 3: Penn State, Washington State, Arkansas

RB Wesley Bullock 2-star Top 3: Middle Tennessee State, Toledo, Penn State

WR Kyle LaPorte 3-star Top 3: Miami, Michigan, North Carolina (Penn State-4th)

Rankings of targets provided by 247sports.com

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