Sizing up Penn State’s recruiting spree; QB Christian Hackenberg traded to Oakland
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A wild spree
It all started just before midnight last week when Penn State picked up a commitment from the No. 1 junior college safety in the country and ended on Monday with two more high-profile recruits pledging to play for the Nittany Lions.
Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue takes a look back at the five days that have defined Penn State’s offseason and what the recruiting class looks like now.
On the move
Christian Hackenberg’s tenure as a New York Jets quarterback is forgettable, if even noticeable. The Oakland Raiders are hoping that Hackenberg will revert to the form he displayed as a freshman and sophomore at Penn State.
The Jets traded the former second-round pick to the Raiders on Tuesday, getting a seventh-round pick in return. Hackenberg has spent his offseason working on his throwing motion, but with no reps in OTAs and a logjam, the Jets dealt him, writes ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini.
Dominate the state of…
When James Franklin arrived at Penn State, he said he wanted to dominate the state of Pennsylvania in recruiting, besting rival Pitt. While that has worked out, Franklin is dominating another state too.
SB Nation’s Bud Elliot writes that Penn State is dominating the state of Virginia, too, and not just in numbers, but in quality of prospects that Franklin and crew are pulling out of Virginia.
Also dominating in…
Pennsylvania, check. Virginia, check. Connecticut, also check. It’s another state where Franklin and his staff are making serious inroads.
Fight On State’s Mark Brennan writes that assistant Sean Spencer is a huge reason why the Nittany Lions are cleaning up along the Atlantic Coast, too.
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It’s a kick
Jake Pinegar might just end up the kicker Franklin turns to this coming season, and even if he doesn’t, he has turned some heads already in his brief time on campus.
Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue writes that Pinegar knows the pressure will be on as the Nittany Lions seek a replacement for the graduated Tyler Davis.
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