Big Ten: Maika Polamalu

The calendar reads May, and Penn State is still waiting to get on the scoreboard for 2011 recruiting. Cause for concern? Not at all, as Penn State, after signing decorated classes of 27 and 20 the last two seasons, only has a handful of scholarships to give for 2011.

It's likely that Penn State will sign no more than 15 players next February, and barring a mass exodus or something crazy like that, the Lions' limit looks like 17 or 18.

As colleague Bill Kurelic writes:

Penn State coach Joe Paterno is going to sign a small 2011 recruiting class. At this point the Nittany Lions have just 14 scholarships to give, and have yet to land a commitment this recruiting season. Right now, it is anybody's guess as to which prospect will break the ice and become JoePa's first 2011 commitment.



So who's in the mix?

Here are a few targets:
  • Donovan Smith, offensive tackle, Owings Mills, Md. -- Smith's stock appears to be on the rise, and Penn State has made him a high priority as it looks to land another top prospect from the state of Maryland.
  • Savon Huggins, running back, Jersey City, N.J. -- Penn State really wants Huggins, and it's easy to see why. He's one of the nation's top prospects at running back for 2011, and the Nittany Lions, who couldn't land Marcus Lattimore this year, would love to sign Huggins. A ton of schools are in the mix for the New Jersey star.
  • Doran Grant, cornerback, Akron, Ohio -- Grant stood out Sunday at the Nike Football Training Camp in State College, and he talked about the thrill of getting to meet JoePa. The thrill is mutual for Penn State, but the Lions need to beat out fellow Big Ten members Ohio State and Michigan State, where Grant's father was an all-conference receiver.
  • Terrell Chestnut, athlete, Pottstown, Pa. -- Chestnut is a dynamic running quarterback but likely will play defensive back at the collegiate level. He has a ton of offers from schools in the east as well as from several Big Ten teams, including Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State.
  • Maika Polamalu, safety, Pottsgrove, Pa. -- Polamalu is the cousin of Steelers star Troy Polamalu, and his father won a national championship at Penn State in 1986. He's not a mega prospect but reportedly has a verbal offer from Penn State.

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