- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
Recruits: 16 (all high school seniors, one player enrolled early)
Top prospects: Penn State bolstered both lines with players like Anthony Zettel, Angelo Mangiro and Deion Barnes. Mangiro, the team's only ESPNU 150 selection this year, is ranked as the nation's No. 2 guard by ESPN Recruiting. Zettel and Barnes bring size and athleticism to the Lions' defensive front. Athlete Bill Belton is a very intriguing player who should be able to help early in his career.
Needs met: Line play is the biggest key toward Penn State becoming a consistent Big Ten title contender, and the Nittany Lions addressed it on both sides of the ball. They need to get tougher along the offensive line and find some capable pass rushers, and some of these players should help the cause. The signing day addition of defensive back Adrian Amos could pay off following the 2011 season.
Analysis: The class certainly doesn't match up with its predecessor, which ranked as the Big Ten's best and 11th nationally in 2010, but it's also not the disaster many predicted for much of the fall. Penn State already has the skill players to take the next step, but it needed bodies for both lines and this class provides them. If the 2010 class meets lofty expectations and this class fills gaps, Penn State should be in great shape.
ESPN Recruiting grade: B-
12hSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
2dTom VanHaaren and Erik McKinney