2010 Recruiting Class Begins Well For Penn State

Scott HeinlyCorrespondent IJune 18, 2009

STATE COLLEGE - NOVEMBER 22:  Joe Paterno head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks off the bus prior to the game against the Michigan State Spartans on November 22, 2008 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Penn State began the 2010 recruiting class with a few stars committing early. The first for the class was way back in November of 2008 and the Lions continued their success of bringing in high end recruits. Although Penn State doesn't have as many recruits for the 2010 class as other national powers they still find themselves with an early top 10 recruiting class.

The first recruit who committed back in November was Mike Hull. Hull is a linebacker from Canonsburg, PA. Both rivals.com and scout.com have Hull as a 4-star prospect. Scout.com has him as the #2 middle linebacker in the country and Rivals.com has him a part of their Rivals 250. Their has only been one other defensive prospect to commit to the Lions so far in the 2010 class. That player is Defensive End prospect Kyle Baublitz from PA. Baublitz is a 3-star prospect on Scout.com and a 4-star prospect on Rivals.com. According to Scout.com he is the #43 DE prospect and Rivals.com has him as the #5 Tight End prospect in the country and in their Rivals 250. He is also on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. Baublitz chose Penn State over numerous other programs including Clemson, Florida State, Stanford, and West Virginia.

The rest of the 6 prospects who are committed to Penn State's 2010 class are considered to be offensive prospects. Penn State has had a strong start to the O-Line for this class with 3 prospects to pledge already. The first O-Line prospect is Luke Graham from PA. Scout.com has him as their #8 Offensive Guard Prospect as well as a 3-star prospect. The second Offensive Line prospect to commit is Miles Dieffenbach from Pittsburgh. Dieffenbach is the #3 Center and a 4-star prospect according to Scout.com and a 3-star prospect by Rivals. He is also a 2010 Under Armour All-American and is on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. The third and final O-Line commitment is Tom Ricketts from Wexford, PA. He is a Scout.com 4-star prospect and also is the #24 Offensive Tackle prospect.

The 3 remaining future Nittany Lions are all skill position players. The first committed way back in January and is one of the top prospects in the country. Paul Jones of Sto-Rox High School in PA is ranked the #3 QB prospect in the country as well as a 5-star player by Scout.com. Rivals has him in their Rivals 100 and a 4-star prospect. Although their were rumors that Jones was looking elsewhere after his commitment he has stayed with Penn State. The second skill position player is Adrian Coxson who is one of the more talented players in the class so far. Coxson is a downright play maker at the Wide Receiver position. According to Scout.com he is the #2 WR in the country and a 5-star prospect. Rivals has him as a 4-star prospects and in their Rivals 250. He is also on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. Coxson is Penn State's most coveted recruit in this class so far as he chose Penn State over Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Notre Dame. The final recruit of the early Penn State 2010 class is Silas Redd from Connecticut. Although from the tiny state Redd is a premier prospect int he country. Scout.com has him as the #14 Running Back in the country and a 4-star prospect. Rivals also has him as a 4-star recruit and in the Rivals 250. He is also on the ESPNU 150 Watch List.

The 2010 Penn State recruiting class has started on a quick start and hopes to continue its dominant recruiting in PA and MD. Although Penn State has almost half the number of recruits in their class as other national powers it is ranked the #6 class in the nation so far. The Nittany Lions try to continue on this path to bringing in top talent from all over the country.