Thursday, June 29, 2006

New Commits

Earlier in the week Penn State landed a trio of recruits for the class of 2007.

Chaz Powell is a running back/defensive back from Glen Rock, PA. The 6'2" 185 lb Powell apparently impressed the scouts and put his name on the map when he ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and showed off a 30 inch vertical leap during a recent combine in State College. Prior to the combine he was a relative unknown and went from a mid-level Division I program to a high level program. Penn State jumped and offered him a scholarship. Chaz accepted over offers from Maryland, Georgia, UConn, Boston College, and Temple. Penn State is lucky to snatch this kid up since he was starting to see interest from other big time programs like USC, Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame after his combine performance. There is some concern over Chaz's grades in school. It was important to him to commit early so he could focus on his education during his senior year in school. He is projected to be a defensive back for the Lions.

Western PA standout wide receiver/defensive back Nick Sukay also committed to the Nittany Lions. The 6'3" 200 lb standout is a four star prospect on rivals.com and scout.com. Last season Sukay caught 29 passes for 660 yards and eight scores on offense while making 58 tackles, 7 forced fumbles and six interceptions on defense. He passed on offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, and West Virginia in order to play for the Nittany Lions. In speaking of Penn State, Nick said, "I have always had a passion for Penn State football. When I came to the Ohio State game last year and saw 110,000 fans I knew then that's where I wanted to be. I have never seen anything like that in my life. I can't wait to get out on that field.” He is projected to play on defense, but with his size and athletic ability he may see playing time on special teams as a true freshman.

With Jeremy Kapinos set to graduate after the 2006 season, the coaches felt punting was a need that had to be addressed. To do so, they pursued Ryan Breen from Clarkston High in Michigan. Breen is said to have a booming leg averaging 40 yards per punt and often putting kickoffs through the back of the endzone. Penn State was the first school to offer Breen a scholarship. Even though he showed interest in playing for Iowa, Michigan, and Michigan State he jumped on the PSU offer right away. Given that Penn State only has 18 scholarships to offer this year, they must have been pretty impressed with this kid. Expect a battle with walk-on Jeremy Boone to replace Kapinos.
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