Penn State Recruiting Recap: Offensive Firepower

Mike PettiganoCorrespondent IMay 4, 2009

It was a big last few days for Penn State football recruitment, as the Nittany Lions secured not one, but two highly-sought after recruits from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Maryland WR Adrian Coxson and Connecticut RB Silas Redd committed to play at Penn State, the news breaking Thursday and Sunday, respectively. Let's take a quick look into these two players and what they mean for Penn State's 2010 recruiting class.

Adrian Coxson, Wide Receiver
Baltimore, MD ☆☆☆☆, ☆☆☆☆

Coxson is a 6'2 lightning bolt, who could end up filling in nicely when Penn State loses the likes of Graham Zug, Brett Brackett and James McDonald over the next few seasons. But more than his physical attributes, I was impressed by his interview with BWI posted this morning.

"It's just the way [Penn State] carry themselves with football, and their very good academics ... I think that I can become a better person and a better man up there, and I think that I can improve my game, be a playmaker or a game-changer."

That's the kind of kid who builds great programs. And the emphasis on the "better man" quote was mine. After all that's gone on at Penn State the last few years, hearing Coxson say that is a breath of fresh air. This was a huge pickup for Penn State.

Silas Redd, Running Back
Stamford, CT ☆☆☆☆, ☆☆☆☆

Redd ran for more than 1,300 yards last season, on 120 carries. That's better than 10 yards per carry. Penn State has had great success the last few years with producing high-quality running backs, and Redd should step right in without missing a beat.

He has a similar build to Stephfon Green, at about 5'10, 190 lbs, but is more of a power-run back, ala Brandon Beachum. But that's not at all to say Redd is slow (neither is Beachum). It's just that anyone is slow compared to Green.

With all four of Penn State's commits rated so highly by the recruiting scouts, this class is shaping up to be a dynamite crop of young Nittany Lions.