Does Penn State Have the No. 3 or No. 7 2010 Football Recruiting Class?

Lauren WilliamsContributor IOctober 30, 2009

The college football season is ending almost as quickly as it began.

With Feb. 3, NCAA Division I Football Signing Day, on the horizon, universities gear up for official visits and pulling on board their 2010 recruiting classes.

For Penn State, having a top recruiting class isn’t something new. Close behind Oklahoma, the Nittany Lions stood in the No. 11 spot in the 2009 class rankings, according to Scout.

Top players included five-star offensive tackle Eric Shrive and four-star linebacker Gerald Hodges (who has been moved to play safety this season).

This year, Penn State has stepped their recruiting game up. But the question is, how far up?

According to Scout, Penn State is sitting at the No. 3 spot on the recruiting class charts. But go over to ESPN and you’ll see the Nittany Lions beside the number seven.

I did notice that the two recruiting sites go by different ranking systems. ESPN grades players based off of their ESPNU 150, a list of the top 150 high school athletes. There is a star system, much like, but there is also a number beside the stars. The number grades the players out of 100, much like an exam grade.

I have to say I like Scout with more accurate ratings on this one. One main reason is that the website caters more so to college athletes—providing detailed stats, articles, and combine results. Scout has positions' rating and rank plus strengths and areas for improvement, followed by player evaluation.

Comparing high school players is a difficult task. What really matters is how well they produce once in college, and that tends to vary.

I’m biased because I’m a Nittany Lion, so I won’t say No. 7 is wrong and No. 3 is right. However, the 2010 recruiting class for Penn State is looking very strong either way.

Commits include five-star quarterback Paul Jones, who is accurate with great arm strength and a sizable 6'3", 233 pounds. He's also ranked No. 2 in his position, though oddly enough Jones is not even mentioned in ESPN’s top 15

New York defensive end Dominique Easley is. ESPN puts Easley at the No. 41 spot of top recruits. Easley’s strong points include pass rushing skills, quickness off the ball, and his strength. Easley also had schools such as University of Miami, Florida, and Oregon at his disposal.

Although he lacks speed, Scout gives wideout Adrian Coxson five stars for his position ranking, and ESPN ranks him at the 102 spot overall.

One of the more recent commits is linebacker Khairi Fortt. Even USC, Michigan, and Georgia didn't stand a chance against Linebacker U, Penn State. Fortt is ranked 67th on ESPN and a four-star, No. 5 linebacker on Scout.

The Nittany Lions have a total of 20 verbal commits. With a few months still on the clock, we’ll look to see how many prospects PSU ends up signing. With the Ohio State game approaching, the atmosphere could sway a few recruits. Only time will tell how well each class produces in the 2010 season.  

No. 3 or No. 7, Penn State is always number one in my eyes.