Penn State Recruits Few Stars

A seemingly endless stream of negative headlines. Prolonged coaching limbo that left men on the verge of getting fired selling the school that was about to fire them. A new head coach who won't begin work full time until after National Signing Day.

Given these circumstances, it's a small miracle that Penn State has managed to cobble together a 2012 recruiting class. But on Feb. 1, as new coach Bill O'Brien prepares to coordinate the New England Patriots' offense in the Super Bowl, the Nittany Lions will ink their first signing class of the post-Joe Paterno era.

The class won't appear near the top of any recruiting service team rankings. Other programs have swiped some of the higher rated players who had committed to Penn State before the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke. The new coaching staff has worked the past few weeks to identify late bloomers and (coaches hope) hidden...

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