Penn State Recruiting Wrap-Up

Warren LentContributor IFebruary 9, 2010

Penn State defense has constantly been a staple at Penn State ever since Joe Paterno took the reigns over at University Park, PA. That was 40 years ago yet the old adage “Offense sells tickets, Defense win championships” has been reinforced by Penn State’s remarkable track record.


Heading into the 2010 season, Joe Pa and the Nittany faithful knew they had some key spots to fill on their depth chart.


By the end of National Signing Day, Penn State held arguably the best class in the Big Ten. Signing the likes of Khairi Fortt and Evan Hailes became just the top of the iceberg in terms of the Lions recruiting class. Some other big names on the defensive front that are headed to University Park are as follows: Kyle Baublitz , Dakota Royer, C.J. Olaniyan, and Mike Hull.


Out of those six names mentioned, all six are ranked on top 500 2010 recruits. And of those six, two players participated in the Under Armour All-American Game.


Leading the pack in many respects is Khairi Fortt. Fortt, a Connecticut native and inside linebacker, is considered by many to be the best inside linebacker in the whole country. Although the signing of these great defensive players is sure to be a great help down the road for Penn State University, those types of signings are known to be status quo by now for the Nittany Lions.


The more surprising commits came on the offensive side of the ball in the 2010 class. After losing their dynamic senior leader in Daryll Clark, the coaching staff made quarterback a necessity for this class.


As usual, the staff delivered, and delivered in a huge way. Robert Bolden is ranked extremely high in the quarterback category throughout the whole country and has signed his letter of intent to Penn State. Having much of the same traits Clark had during his tenure at PSU, it is obvious that they are expecting great things from the incoming freshman.


Joining him in the backfield is The King & Low Heywood Thomas School product, Silas Redd. With enough toughness to compliment his quick burst into the open field, Silas is sure to fit into the very conservative style of offense Penn State is known for.


The Nittany Lions are sure to have great playmaking ability on defense and offense for years to come because of this near perfect recruiting class. The players on tap to join an already vast core of talent at PSU are sure to add even more depth and ability to this storied program.


Headliner: Khairi Fortt, LB

Sleeper: Brad Bars, LB

Grade: A