November 14, 2013

Looking ahead: '15 Quarterbacks

When the NCAA announced in September that it was reducing the sanctions it had levied against Penn State, it was clear that the Nittany Lion coaching staff would have to adjust its recruiting strategy. Suddenly, Bill O'Brien and his assistants had the ability to recruit 23 prospects in the Class of 2014, and they would be able to bring in a full 25-member class in 2015.

But recruiting is not simply a matter of cold, hard numbers. It's about relationships, the kind that develop over months and years, not days and weeks. Given the need to recruit prospects over an extended period of time, it might prove difficult for O'Brien and his staff to fill its five extra openings in the upcoming recruiting class. After all, those would-be Nittany Lions weren't hearing from Penn State before the sanctions were reduced in September, and they have been hearing from plenty of other schools.

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