National Signing Day is underway and fax machines all over the country are making college football coaches happy and sad at the same time. Penn State coach Bill O’Brien should be very happy early this morning as he’s already received commits from seven recruits when several could still be asleep.
First things first: Linebacker U gets another top recruit at that position in Brandon Bells. The Nittany Lions’ top linebacker in the class of 2013 was the fourth recruit to send in his signature this morning, but he’s No. 1 on Penn State’s list. The future star from Mays Landing, NJ should be an impact player from day one.
The Nittany Lions are also beefing up their offensive line with three early commits from big-boy recruits. Offensive guards Brendan Mahon (Randolph, NJ) and Tanner Hartman (Lynchburg, Va.) join offensive tackle Andrew Neslon (Hershey, Pa.) as part of the next generation of NIttany Lions offensive linemen. The skill-position players are the ones who get all the attention, but football games are won in the trenches and these guys forecast big things for Penn State up front.
The Nittany Lions did get some skill-position players this morning, though. Stafford, Va. native DaeSean Hamilton will play receiver for Penn State this fall, which is surprising as he was pegged to both Wake Forest and Virginia among a long list of other schools.
The other skill position player is Kasey Gains, a safety from Loganville, Ga. So far this morning, Gains is the only recruit from south of the Mason-Dixon line and everyone knows good football players are grown in the southern portion of our great nation.
So far, it’s been a cheerful morning for the Nittany Lions and things are just getting started.