Texas leads at #1 with 28 recruits and Alabama is 2nd with 26 recruits.
If you take THEM and Ohio State out of the equation, Penn State is pretty competitive with the rest of the conference. We also have only 19 recruits which may hurt the overall ranking--see Wisconsin with only 12! Indiana and Minnesota are relying on Junior College kids.
If you look at conference rankings, the Big Ten is fourth behind the SEC, PAC-12, and Big 12.
I'd rather have kids that WANT TO PLAY FOR PENN STATE and buy into the Penn State way. I want kids who will graduate as well as win games. I don't want to deal with prima donnas who are always looking to jump ahead to the NFL if they get the chance. I'd rather watch a bunch of 3 stars play their hearts out than a bunch of five stars whining on the sideline about their playing time and whether they have their name on the back of their jersey.
Joe Paterno, for all his faults and the frustrations we fans felt during games we thought we should win, was able to find those special student athletes for the most part. The returning lettermen and the many speeches at his memorial were a testimony of that skill he had as a coach and leader.
Will O'Brien have similar success?
Will this class exceed expectations and star charts?
Only time will tell.
To those who signed for Penn State today . . . WELCOME!
You are pioneers in a new era--a new millennium--of Penn State football.
We fans wish you the best of luck.