The Penn State Nittany Lions have a history that is full of success and rich in tradition. To be successful in college football, schools must be able to recruit and bring in the best talent. Penn State has done a great job of that over the years.
The names of players who have played for the Nittany Lions are legendary. Lenny Moore, Jack Ham, Ted Kwalick and Bobby Engram just to name a few.
Penn State has produced one Heisman Trophy winner, John Cappelletti in 1973, and it is tied with Notre Dame for the most winners of the Maxwell Award, which is given to the nation's best player. Seven Nittany Lions have won the award.
There's no doubt that many top recruits have seen the field in Happy Valley.
For this piece, we are going to take a look at the top recruit for each position. The criteria to make the list was based more on hype and potential than actual production at the collegiate level. Therefore, some of the players listed are not necessarily the best to ever play for the Nittany Lions.
Unfortunately, being a top high school recruit doesn't always equate to success at the next level.
The list is dominated by players from the last two decades, as recruiting information is hard to come by for years before the 1990s. Partly because recruiting websites have not been around very long.
Every attempt was made to include players from earlier years of Penn State football.
There is sure to be debate, but after scouring available resources, here's the list of top recruits from Penn State history.