Penn State recruits to keep an eye on

July, 24, 2012
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By now, I'm sure just about all of you have heard about the unprecedented sanctions the NCAA hit Penn State with Monday.

Outside of the vacated wins and the $60 million sanction, Penn State has been placed on a four-year bowl ban and must reduce 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period.

This, plus everything else surrounding Penn State's program, will have a profound affect on the football program for years to come. Immediately, it could have a major affect on the Nittany Lions' current recruiting class.

ESPN.com's midwest recruiting analyst Jared Shanker took a closer look at Penn State's 2013 recruiting class and where each player stands with his commitment. He also listed other schools that might have interest in each prospect.

Here are some Penn State recruits and commits who could be interested in SEC schools:

DECOMMITTED
  • CB Ross Douglas (Avon, Ohio/Avon): He decommitted from Penn State on Monday and was recently offered by Ole Miss. The Rebels are looking to stock up on the defensive side of the ball, especially in its defensive backfield. Kentucky and Tennessee, who would also like to add depth to their secondaries, have offered as well.
COMMITTED
  • QB Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union Military Academy): He's the nation's No. 1 quarterback prospect and he's currently waiting to see how things play out for Penn State. While he's currently committed to Penn State's staff, Alabama, Florida, Georgia South Carolina and Tennessee have all shown interest and offered. The thing is that they all have quarterbacks in their classes, but if there's a chance to re-recruit the nation's top quarterback, staffs will try.
  • OT Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon): When he committed to Penn State, Johnson's final four didn't include any SEC schools, but he does hold offers from Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee. The nation's No. 2 offensive tackle could receive more attention from SEC schools between now and national signing day.
  • TE Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff): SEC schools have been very interested in the nation's top tight end. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee have all offered and while he said Monday that he's still committed, a host of schools will go after him. Florida is an interesting school to look at because the Gators just parted ways with tight end A.C. Leonard last week.
  • OG Brendan Mahon (Randolph, N.J./Randolph): Florida and South Carolina have offered and you can never have too many quality offensive linemen in college football, especially in the SEC. He said on Monday that he's still committed to Penn State, but if SEC schools come calling, it'll be hard for him not to listen.
  • OT Andrew Nelson (Hershey, Pa./Hershey): Missouri has offered and the Tigers wouldn't mind adding some depth up front. Most of the schools that have showed strong interest in him are East Coast schools, so Missouri could be a nice change of scenery for Nelson if he decides to get out of his comfort zone.
  • DE Garrett Sickels (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank): He said on Monday that he's still committed to Penn State and has been one of the more loyal commits in this class, but that won't stop SEC schools from going after Sickels this fall. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee have all offered.
  • WR Zach Bradshaw (Demascus, Md./Demascus): He isn't the most heralded receiver out there, but South Carolina has offered.
UNCOMMITTED
  • RB David Williams (Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter): He's an ESPN 150 member and is one of the biggest uncommitted players still on Penn State's board. He's a bigger back (6-1,192 pounds) and rushed for 1,950 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. Auburn, South Carolin and Tennessee have all offered.

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