Still the 'Beast of the East'
Saeed Blacknall
Saeed Blacknall
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Penn State football's Class of 2014 illustrated that the Nittany Lions remain a major recruiting force in the East.

Despite managing through crushing NCAA sanctions that include limited scholarships and a new coaching staff who had mere weeks to hold together and build a recruiting class, Penn State showed that it remains the major recruiting power in the East.

With it's first Top 25 (No. 25) ranking since the Class of 2010 ended up No. 10, James Franklin and his staff managed to not only hold together the bulk of Bill O'Brien's recruiting efforts, but also added nine nationwide recruits to the Class of 2014, including standouts like New Jersey WR Saeed Blacknall, Georgia CB Grant Haley, Califronia DB Koa Farmer and Florida CB Amani Oruwariye. These prospects had nationwide offers from programs like Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin, among others.

Across the East Penn State landed the top class with final rankings as:

1. Penn State (No. 25)
2. Virginia Tech (No. 36)
3. West Virginia (No. 40)
4. Pittsburgh (No. 42)
5. Virginia (No. 51)
6. Syracuse (No. 53)
7. Rutgers (No. 54)
8. Boston College (No. 57)
9. Maryland (No. 61)
10. Connecticut (No. 114)

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