Less than a month after a signing day in which Penn State added 17 players to its recruiting class, Bill O'Brien has already done some significant work for next year. The Nittany Lions have three commitments so far, with running back Mark Allen, linebacker Troy Reeder and athlete Nick Scott.
Now, clearly, we won't know how good any of these players will be for at least another two or three years. But O'Brien has shown that he is living by the recruiting plan he's been preaching, with regards to these three guys. Essentially, O'Brien's message is this: His staff wants to identify guys who fit into his system. They don't worry too much about high rankings. They're going to mine the area within 300 miles of State College.
You check all three of these for Allen, Reeder and Scott. Presumably they fit into O'Brien's system, or at least he envisions they will. None of them are highly ranked - Allen had one offer from Temple and has yet to be rated by Rivals, Scott hasn't been rated either and had one other offer from Boston College. Reeder was slightly more in-demand, with offers from BC, Delaware, Miami and a few others. And all three are within that 300 mile radius. Reeder is from Wilmington, Allen from Hyattsville, Md., and Scott from Fairfax, Va.
So these three players seem to be the fit for what O'Brien has talked about with his recruiting. We'll see in a few years if that fit equals success.
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