Some random thoughts on the latest batch of PSU recruiting news.
First off, is there a bigger star right now on the PSU staff than Larry Johnson Sr.? Out of 11 commitments, six are from Maryland, where LJ Sr. recruits heavily.
And still, there’s work left to be done in the state of Maryland, with running back Tavon Austin, corner Travis Hawkins and possibly defensive end Deonte Arnett.
It’s remarkable how Joe Paterno has said repeatedly over the last few weeks at his various stops and also at the Blue White game that he feels the Nittany Lions will have a strong recruiting class coming up for 2009. Plenty, including me, scoffed at that figuring the coaches age and impending retirement (at some point), would have too much of an affect on 18-year old kids who grow up in the video game generation.
Then you have the fact that Paterno rarely steps out to recruit a kid personally, yet they are pulling in kids at a rapid rate. Yesterday was no different landing two more recruits.
My question now is this. The recruits they “need”….the guys like Tate Forcier, Austin, and really any other wide receiver interested in coming to PSU, do they see enough now with the current group of verbals, and is that group of verbals locked up enough to sell the program to those still waiting to decide. Will the coaches be able to stay on those kids and not let one slip away like this past signing day?
Do players like Forcier and Austin need to see it on the field this coming season to make their decision?
Then I think about Joe setting everything up for down the line. We have no idea what will happen in December or January when the season is complete with regards to his contract. He may be back next year (no reason to think not), or the University could go in a different direction, whatever the case, he’s hinted at having things set up for his assistants, and leaving them in good shape and it seems like that is the direction in which things are headed.
Good classes, a crop of returning, and vastly experienced players at key positions this year and next, there appears to be more stability than in past years, maybe it’s just me wondering if that thought will stick.
It seems to be the “in” thing in some circles to want to be a Nittany Lion again and that can’t be bad for anyone related to the PSU football program.