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It's that time of year... Recruiting is well under way and many of the nations top players are making verbal commitments. Penn State has done great in the last couple years with the additions of five star prospects like Dan Connor, Anthony Morelli, Justin King, and Derrick Williams.
They are off to a pretty good start this year with 11 verbal commitments. LeSean McCoy (Harrisburg, PA) is one of the highest recruited players in the nation and is nearing a decision, he has said Penn State is near the top... today they got a verbal commitment from their best recruit to date.
Lions Land Gbadyu
Bani Gbadyu (4 stars)
This is a huge commitment, and somewhat of a suprise. Bani had been deciding between LSU and Goergia before giving a verbal commitment to LSU. He didn't feel right about it and wanted to visit a few more Universities when his trip to Penn State made him have a change in heart. Gbadyu is considered a linebacker, but might play safty at PSU.
Strengths: Aggressiveness, Speed, Tackling Technique
Gbadyu flies around to the ball, plays very well in space, an explosive first step, and loves to have an impact on every play. Gbadyu is a defender with a great motor. He presents the ability to make plays with athleticism or with a physical style.
Gbadyu earned first team All-County and All-League honors, as well as Honorable Mention All-State honors after his junior (8-3) season. He registered 78 tackles, 15 sacks, and three fumble recoveries; Bench: 270/Squat: 395/Power Clean: 245/Vert Jump: 39" Gbadyu reports a 2.5 GPA/first-time SAT and ACT in the fall--Gbadyu said he is also taking summer school courses in English 9 and English 10 to bring up his GPA.
Gbadyu: "I've got great speed to get to the ball. And when I get to the ball, I'm out there to take the other players' head off and hurt him because he's there to hurt me. That gets me real angry, so when I take the field and I think that, I just get downright furious. I'm out there to put on the hurt and take people out of the game.
"I want to make some quicker reads and work on my ability to take on blocks. Basically, I want to get my technique better," he said. "I am continually working on my speed, because I can really use that to help me on the field. It is a big part of what I do."
Bani's other schools of interest were Georgia, LSU, and Nebraska.
New Jersey QB Brett Brackett commits
Brett Brackett (3 stars)
This will be a good signing... this kid has got a lot of upside, and with starter Michael Robinson graduating, and Anthony Morelli moving up the depth chart, quarterback is an area of need for Penn State. The Lions started pursuing Brackett harder when Phily standout Pat Devlin committed to Miami University.
Strengths: Intelligence, Poise and Leadership, Size
Brackett is a big pocket quarterback, he has a fresh, live arm. A lot of his best football is still ahead of him. He plays in a run-oriented offense in high school. Very mobile for his size. "He's a 6-foot-6, 232 pound quarterback who sees well, has a strong arm, but also has good legs." -Lawrence coach Rob Radice
Brackett passed for more than 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore and junior at Lawrence. He has a 3.4 GPA and scored 1090 on the SAT. Brackett made an unofficial visit to Penn State earlier this week.
Brackett attends the renowned Parisi Speed School in New Jersey once a week, where he works on his mechanics with former NFL star Phil Simms. He also attended the Elite College Combine in New Jersey earlier this month, where experts rated him as one of the top two passers at the event.
He threw for 1,569 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 322 yards and five scores to lead the Cardinals to an 8-2 record and earn The Times' Player of the Year honors as a senior.
"I'm honored by all of this," said Brackett, who finished second in CVC history with 3,823 passing yards and third with 42 touchdown passes. "It's great to get individual accolades, but I wouldn't have done any of this without my teammates."
Brett's other schools of interest were Boston College, Louisville, and Duke.
12-15-2005, 03:23 PM
Looks good, thanks for all the info BB2W, keep us updated.
12-15-2005, 06:49 PM
I like the sound of this looks like Back To Back Big Ten Championships for Penn State.
Commit from top tier WR
Chris Bell (4 stars)
We brought in three of the nations best recievers in our 2005 recruiting class with Derrick Williams, Justin King, and Lydell Sargent. Well, we brought in another one of the nations best recievers in Granby's Chris Bell. Last season Penn State found to diamonds in the rough at WR in Deon Butler, and Jordan Norwood... Knowledge Timmons was redshirted last season and will be active this year, so Bell has got some work to do to move up the depth chart. A redshirt might be expected... but he does have some size, something the others don't.
Strengths: Body Control, Red Zone Weapon, Size
Bell is the prototype new age receiver, a big bodied kid who can fly. He is a polished receiver with tremenodus ball skills, he uses his body well to shield would be defenders from making a play on the ball. His size and strength should make him a formidable red zone threat.
“He can do a lot of different things,” said Dave Hudak. “He’s strong. He was double covered every game last year and there was a couple of plays where he just shook two guys and physically manhandled them to get them off him and then went another 30 to 40 yards with the ball. He can run past you; he can turn a short one into a very long gain. And he can jump. He’s just a gifted athlete.”
"He's got the quickest hands you've ever seen and he's extremely dangerous after the catch. He's got a lot to learn yet, he's just playing off natural ability." -Granby Coach Dave Hudak
As a junior, Bell caught 52 passes taking 12 in for touchdowns. He also added two punt return touchdowns. From his safety position, Bell intercepted five passes. Bell: "I've got great speed for my size and weight at wide receiver, and I've got real good hands. I'm also good at fighting for more yards after the catch."
Last season Bell was named first-team All-Tidewater Last season Bell was named first-team All-Tidewater after finishing with 48 catches for 654 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns.
“A lot of people evaluate me on how I play” this year, Bell said, “but they don’t understand that I play on a very young team.”
Bell, who said he already has qualified academically for college, joins a Penn State team whose current roster features 10 freshmen or sophomore wide receivers.
“I have no problem with battling for a position,” Bell said. “I have no problem trying to beat somebody out. It’s a sport, competition, so I’m used to it.”
At Penn State's Nike Camp Bell ran the 40 in 4.56, Short Shuttle: 4.15, and the 3-Cone in 7.02. He had a vertical jump of 35.0", and a broad jump of 9 feet 3 inches. His other schools of interest were Florida, California, and Michigan.
12-16-2005, 12:05 PM
No question Chris Bell is the best recruit, hes actually projecting as a five star recruit, so far you havent had a great recruiting class, lots of 3 star recruits, couple of two star, I think Joe P was a little impatient and pulled the trigger a little early on some of the 2 and 3 star recruits.
12-16-2005, 12:05 PM
So far though having a very solid top 20 recruiting class
12-16-2005, 05:20 PM
Good Recruting Class To This Point. Keep It Up Joe.
No question Chris Bell is the best recruit, hes actually projecting as a five star recruit, so far you havent had a great recruiting class, lots of 3 star recruits
I think Bani Gbadyu and Navorro Bowman are our biggest recruits until today... Today DT Jared Ordrick announced he will attend Penn State. He's by far our biggest recruit to date, hopefully we can land the nation's 3rd highest recruited RB LeSean McCoy...
For the record... I purchased the Scout ticket at Rival's BWI, and I am watching film of some of these guys that is amazing. I wish all you Penn State fans could see it. Gbadyu, Bowman, and Barrett look great. I still have to watch Ordrick and some others. I will post a write up soon... things are looking good in PSU's future.
12-20-2005, 07:49 AM
Will Joe Pa play it out for four more years with these guys?? Now that would be amazing
Odrick picks Penn State
Jared Odrick (4 stars)
Weight: 303 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.03 seconds
Bench max: 290 pounds
Bench reps: 18
Squat max: 530 pounds
Vertical leap: 25 inches
Shuttle time: 4.38 seconds
This is a big time recruit... he might be the best commit this year if LeSean McCoy does not choose Penn State. Odrick is a monster!!! He can play offensive tackle almost as good as defensive tackle. He was told he will get 20 to 30 plays a game as a true freshman, and he will be stuffing the run and sacking QB's in the Big Ten for years. Rivals has him as the 3rd best DT in the nation, and the 29th best player overall. I wish you guys could see the video on him... it doesn't look like anyone can block this guy.
Strengths: Athleticism, Foot Quickness, Size
He has uncanny athleticism for a big man, which is a reason why he may end up on the defensive line at the next level. He has the ability to rush up the middle, or around the end. Very smooth for a big man, he even played a little tight end in high school.
Odrick: "I move real quick laterally on defense and I'm a unique pass rusher because I'm a lot quicker than guys on the offensive line and I'm stronger than most guys on defense. I've also got good feet for my size.
SR stats: Has been credited with 70 tackles (40 solo), 10 tackles for a loss, 19 quarterback hurries, five sacks, five fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks this season.
JR stats: (2-8) stats: 80+ tackles/7.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss; 60+ pancake blocks
The turning point in the recruiting process for Odrick came when he took an unofficial visit to Happy Valley for the Penn State-Ohio State game. When the Lions defeated the top 10 squad, he knew that Penn State was a contender instead of a pretender.
"It felt like home and it was a great atmosphere," said Odrick of Penn State.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder told BWI that Penn State's coaching staff would like him to check in at 280 pounds in the summer, but Odrick has set his own goal of 275 pounds for June.
The reason Odrick wants to come in such great shape is that he expects to see plenty of action next fall along the defensive line.
Odrick received phone calls from fellow Penn State recruits Aaron Maybin and Tom McEowen following his press conference. Like his peers, Odrick was happy to finally make his decision.
"It's definitely a relief, and I feel good about my decision," Odrick said. "I finally got the weight off of my shoulders."
Jared Odrick's other schools if interest were Florida, Georgia, and Virginia.
12-20-2005, 06:12 PM
Joe Doin Great with bringing recruits keep it up. I see Back To Back Big Ten Championships coming to Penn State.
McKeesport's McBride headed to PSU
Travis McBride (3 stars)
Weight: 195 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
Vertical leap: 33 inches
McBride played runningback and linebacker in high school, but was recruited as a safety by Penn State. Even though we graduated all four of our starting defensive backs I don't expect to see Mcbride on the field to much early on in his career, but I think he will be one of the two starting safeties at some point.
Strengths: Quickness, Instincts, Build
"The best things in my favor on the field are my vision, speed and shiftiness. I've got good control of my body and I find holes well on offense. I think those things would help make me a good defensive back too."
As a sophomore he ran for 703 yards. As a junior, he carried the ball 110 times for 1,117 yards (10.1 YPC) and 19 touchdowns, earning first team All-Conference honors and a selection to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 's South All-Star squad.
This season, playing on both sides of the ball at both running back and defensive back, McBride led his Tiger squad to a 7-2 regular season record. McKeesport rolled over teams in the playoffs, outscoring them 202-65, on their way to championship game against Bethlehem Liberty.
This year he ended up with 1,607 yards on the ground and 23 touchdowns on 149 carries... an average of nearly 11 yards per carry. McBride finished with 3,458 career yards.
Despite his success on offense, it's his speed and instincts on defense which has had many programs eyeing him at the next level.
McBride was visited by Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley in late November. As one PSU observer said, "His build and speed are impressive. The coaches like his instincts which seems to have them thinking safety."
According to McBride, "I'm a very good blocker and I've got good vision and a good feel for the game." He has been working on his speed and size this season to compete at the next level. A level which will have him wearing blue and white in years to come.
McBride called McKeesport coach George Smith, who was sick at home, to inform him of the decision.
"I said, 'Are you sure?'" Smith said. "He said, 'Coach I want to go to Penn State.'"
"They can play him anywhere on the field," Smith said. "He can play corner, linebacker or running back, if they need one. You want somebody who can run, who can hit. He's very athletic. Plus, he's going to be big. He's young right now. He's got a long way to go growth-wise."
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