Penn State's Win over Michigan a Cinderella Story for Recruiting

Tim TolleyContributor IOctober 14, 2013

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of the Beaver Stadium during the third quarter between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan Wolverines. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

A nighttime whiteout victory that took four overtimes, and was made possible by THIS Allen Robinson catch, which took place in front of where the newest class of Penn State recruits were sitting.

If it were a script, it would have been deemed too unbelievable. 

But it happened. And according to Ryan Snyder of BlueWhite Illustrated, there were nearly 60 recruits on hand to witness it. Some reports had that number closer to 100 by game day:

I added a few names to that list this morning, I'm up to 58 visitors. Still have to double check with a few guys though.

— Ryan Snyder (@BWISnyder) October 9, 2013



Reports have already began rolling in and, as you would expect, the recruits came away impressed. 

In addition to several potential targets from the 2015 and 2014 classes, Beaver Stadium played host to several of the prospects committed to Penn State's 2014 recruiting class as well.

New Jersey linebacker Jason Cabinda was on hand, and all reports have him coming away very impressed with the game-day atmosphere at Penn State. Cabinda is currently committed to Syracuse, but the Crystal Ball Predictions from 247Sports have Cabinda leaning toward a flip to Penn State. 

Four-star defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi made the trip from Virginia Beach, Va., according to Michael Clark of Fox Sports, and was joined by the top two remaining targets for this cycle, 5-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley and tight end Mike Gesicki:

Mike Gesicki and Thomas Holley are two of many prospects visiting Penn State. Both highly considering Ohio State

—Jordan Wagner (@JWagner11W) October 12, 2013

According to 247Sports, Gesicki is the top-rated tight end in the country:

Southern Regional football recruit Mike Gesicki will make his college plans known Friday. He's either a Buckeye or Nittany Lion

—Kevin Williams (@shoresportsman) October 14, 2013

The 6'5" 235-pound tight end from New Jersey was on hand for Ohio State's win over Wisconsin in September, but Nittany Lion fans hope that the game-day atmosphere at Beaver Stadium coupled with Bill O'Brien's use of tight ends will be enough to lure him into the Penn State family.

The residual effects from Saturday night could be felt for years to come. 2015 in-state studs Sterling Jenkins (OT) and Andre Robinson (RB) were on hand for the game and Beaver Stadium couldn't have made a better first impression. Joining them from the class of 2015 was Maryland defensive end Darius Fullwood, and he named a leader shortly after the trip:

2015 DE Darius Fullwood has #PSU as his early leader after last nights game.

—Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) October 13, 2013


There is a long way to go with each of these recruiting classes, and this is just the beginning for some of the prospects. Still, the recent news of scholarships being awarded to Penn State followed by the thrilling win over Michigan in this atmosphere on the biggest recruiting night of the season could be exactly what O'Brien needs to catapult his program into the elite level as far as national recruiting is concerned.