What winning does for Penn State; another walk-on who may contribute for Nittany Lions
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The winning effect
If you win, they will come.
Simple as that for James Franklin and the Penn State football program. As the wins and important bowl games keep piling up, so does Penn State’s national profile. As the national profile keeps getting larger, more and more top recruits will continue to flood Franklin’s program, like 5-star defensive standout Micah Parsons from Harrisburg, Pa.
Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com writes that all the winning Penn State has done of late has put the program in a fantastic position to continue the trend.
According to ESPN, Penn State’s current recruiting Class of 2018 ranks fifth, the highest the Nittany Lions have been since ESPN started ranking recruiting classes in 2006.
Walk the line
Offensive lineman Collin De Boef is the latest in a family line to pass through the State College Little Lions high school program and head to a major college football program. His older brothers, Jack and Adam played at Purdue and Penn State respectively.
But De Boef’s role on the Penn State football team won’t be defined for a little while yet. De Boef has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Nittany Lions, but as Brian Linder of Pennlive.com writes, Penn State might be getting a steal with the addition of De Boef.
De Boef said he understands his time in the program will developmental in the early years.
“As things progressed, they asked me my senior year if I wanted to come as a walk-on,” he said. “They asked me where I’d like to play, and I told them, ‘Where ever I can help the most.’
Colin De Boef carries 280-pounds on a 6-foot-6 frame and was an all-state lineman for State College in 2017.
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What they want
IMG Academy running back Noah Cain is on everyone’s short list for the the majority of top programs around the country. On Tuesday he picked up an offer from Penn State and new running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider.
The 5-star prospect told Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue the Nittany Lions are looking for a “workhorse like Saquon [Barkley].”
Cain is the No. 1 running back in the class 2019 according to 247Sports.
On the radar
DaeSean Hamilton drew rave reviews for his performance last week at the Senior Bowl, so much that his name is popping up on NFL draft sites and team sites since.
Stephen Forsha of Fansided’s Dallas Cowboys site says Hamilton should be on the Dallas Cowboys radar after his performance last week, and headed into the combine.
Hamilton has the ability to challenge the wide receivers of the Cowboys with his aforementioned ability to get space and find openings against the opposing defense. The Cowboys need a bigger wide receiver to make his mark when they need a reception, and Hamilton could be that guy.
Factor in some potential drama with Dallas receiver Dez Bryant and Hamilton may end up being a fit and a need for the Cowboys.
On the rise
Another Nittany Lions prospect starting to pop up on the radar of teams is defensive back Christian Campbell.
Campbell isn’t projected as a first-round pick and it could be tough to sneak into the upper rounds unless he lights up the NFL combine later this, but as Mikey Mandarino of OnwardState writes, a strong combine performance and anything can happen for a cornerback who was thought to be third string when the season started.
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