Lions Add Lineman to Class

Ako Poti

In a rare move, the Nittany Lions have added a junior college prospect to their Class of 2007, and one who has see limited action over a very short football career at that. Get an update on Penn State's most recent recruiting verbal for the Class of 2007.

According to The Patriot News, Penn State has added Ako Poti, junior college prospect to their Class of 2007. A captain on his City College of San Francisco team, Poti is the son of University of Utah All-American offensive tackle Ako Poti Sr. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Poti's addition to the Nittany Lion recruiting class is a rarity in that the Lions have not added a junior college prospect to the roster in decades.

With two years playing eligibility remaining, the program feels that Poti has the ability to come in and make an immediate impact with the departure of Levi Brown, Robert Price and Chris Auletta. The majority of reps Poti saw this year were at both the left and right takle positions.

As someone familiar with the situation explained, "There are obvious questions with the depth of the [offensive] line, and [Poti] has the size and skills to make an immediate contribution."

George Rush, Poti's CCSF head coach, praised his "size and athleticism" on the offensive line as a major factor in their team's 9-1 record season. In fact, the CCSF offense averaged 40 points per game this year, including six games where they posted 40 points or more, prior to losing a 21-14 decision to Foothill in the final game of the season.

Poti discussed his role as a captain for the squad earlier this season, saying, that his goal has been to "lead by example and make sure everybody does their thing."

Poti considered BYU, Kentucky, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Utah before pledging to Penn State.

He joins fellow offensive-line prospects Josh Marks, Quinn Barham and Stefen Wisniewski in the Class of 2007.

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