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7 Recruits Who Could Join 4-Star OT Sterling Jenkins at Penn State

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 8, 2014

7 Recruits Who Could Join 4-Star OT Sterling Jenkins at Penn State

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    Sterling Jenkins is a 4-star offensive tackle who committed to Penn State in May. The Nittany Lions are building an outstanding class, as Jenkins is the leader of a 16-man group of commitments.

    Head coach James Franklin surely will use Jenkins' pledge to attract a few more prospects to Happy Valley before the end of this cycle. When you combine Jenkins' commitment with Penn State also boasting the No. 3 class in the 247Sports rankings, Franklin shouldn't have a tough time landing a few more talented recruits.

    Two 4-star cornerbacks like PSU, while a couple of talented offensive linemen also have interest. Plus, a few underrated prospects are on the radar.

Shareef Miller, DE

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    A 3-star recruit, Shareef Miller is a versatile defensive lineman from Philadelphia.

    At 6'5" and 230 pounds, he has the ability to play both defensive end positions in a 4-3 alignment. Also, it wouldn't be surprising to see him develop into a player who can also line up at defensive tackle on passing downs.

    Right now, Penn State leads schools such as Rutgers, Oregon, Illinois and Arizona State for Miller, per 247Sports

Manny Bowen, LB/S

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    At 6'2" and 206 pounds, Manny Bowen is a defensive prospect who is a tweener. He may be a bit too big to consistently play safety, but he lacks the bulk to hold up on the second level as a linebacker.

    Fortunately for him, he can also line up at receiver, and running back is also not out of the question. The 3-star New Jersey native has Penn State out in front of other schools such as Alabama, Michigan State and Miami, according to 247Sports

Josh Adams, RB

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    Josh Adams is an interesting 3-star running back prospect who is 6'2" and 208 pounds. The Pennsylvania native doesn't appear to have great speed, but he is a quicker-than-fast athlete who also has the strength to break tackles.

    He projects as a running back who will weigh nearly 225 pounds in college, and his size and power will help him challenge defenders consistently at the point of attack. 

    He is looking hardest at Penn State, Notre Dame and Stanford, per 247Sports

Isaiah Prince, OT

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    If he can polish and improve his technique, Isaiah Prince has a chance to be a standout offensive lineman at the next level. 

    The 4-star prospect, who is from Maryland, is 6'6" and 275 pounds. He shows quick feet and great agility when pass blocking, plus he has solid strength as a run-blocker. He would be a solid fit at Penn State.

    The Nittany Lions are fighting Ohio State, Florida and Maryland for him, per 247Sports

Grant Newsome, OT

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    Hailing from Virginia, Grant Newsome is a solid offensive tackle who may be able to slide inside to guard in college.

    The 6'6", 290-pounder is a 4-star blocker who has a nice amount of short-area range and quickness. He doesn't back down from powerful defensive linemen and also fights hard to protect the quarterback.

    Michigan and Penn State are his top suitors, with 247Sports also listing Alabama and LSU as in the mix. 

Jordan Whitehead, CB

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    Penn State will have to work hard to land 4-star cornerback Jordan Whitehead. The folks in Happy Valley need to beat out Ohio State, Pitt and West Virginia for the Pennsylvania native, according to 247Sports

    At 6'0" and 180 pounds, he is an athletic cornerback who uses his long arms to get his hands on the ball. As a junior, he defended 14 passes and intercepted another four, per 247Sports

    Landing a cornerback like Whitehead would be huge for the Nittany Lions. 

John Reid, CB

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    John Reid is an outstanding cover corner from Philadelphia who is a 4-star prospect. At 5'10" and 180 pounds, he doesn't have extraordinary size, yet he has loose hips and terrific short-area quickness.

    He comes out of transition well to break on balls, plus he has solid speed to carry receivers across the field. Penn State is on his trail, per 247Sports, but so is Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami and several others. 

    Reid told the following to Adam Friedman of Rivals.com (subscription required) on June 2: "I don't think I'll be able to figure out which schools I want to visit for a little while. I'll probably just have some top schools next week. I won't have anything like a top ten or anything crazy like that. It will probably be a top five or seven."

     

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings. Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

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