Football Classes: 2009 2008 2007 2006

    Name: John Urschel (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Buffalo, N.Y. (Canisius)
    Commitment: January 17, 2009
    Position: Offensive Lineman
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 265 lbs.
    40 Time: 5.10 seconds
    Recruited by: Mike McQueary

    Honors:

  • First Team All-State defense (2008)
  • Projected to play guard for PSU
  • Pursued by several Ivy League schools

    Hard Hits:

  • Well versed in run and pass blocking
  • Received a lot of interest late in process
  • Impressive footwork for his size
  • Also an impressive student

    Chose Penn State over: Boston College, Stanford, Syracuse, Buffalo

    Story: Urschel Pledge to PSU

    Name: Shawney Kersey (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Woodbury, N.J. (Woodbury)
    Commitment: January 17, 2009
    Position: Wide Receiver
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 190 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.45 seconds
    Recruited by: Mike McQueary

    Honors:

  • 35 catches for 534 yards and four TDs (2007)
  • Considered among best WR prospects in mid-Atlantic
  • Runs a 10.4-seconds in the 100-meter dash

    Hard Hits:

  • Good combination of size and receiving skills
  • Also a track standout in the 100M and 200M
  • Benches 275 pounds, squats 405 pounds
  • Originally committed to Rutgers

    Chose Penn State over: Rutgers, Iowa, Michigan State, West Virginia, Virginia

    Story: Kersey Reverses Field

    Name: Jordan Hill (picture from FOS)
    Hometown (High School): Steelton, Pa. (Steelton-Highspire)
    Commitment: January 3, 2009
    Position: Defensive Lineman
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 280 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.85 seconds
    Recruited by: Larry Johnson

    Honors:

  • First Team All State (2008)
  • HM All State on both OL and DL (2007)
  • Considered among top DL prospects in Pa.

    Hard Hits:

  • 80 tackles and seven sacks (2008)
  • Good power and agility off the line
  • 3.7 core GPA
  • Originally committed to Rutgers

    Chose Penn State over: Rutgers and Pitt

    Story: Hill Picks Dream School

    Name: Kevin Newsome (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Portsmouth, Va. (Chruchland)
    Commitment: December 16, 2008
    Position: Quarterback
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 215 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.50 seconds
    Recruited by: Jay Paterno

    Honors:

  • Scout four star prospect
  • Ranked No. 10 QB nationally
  • US Army Bowl selection

    Hard Hits:

  • Passed for 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns (2007)
  • Ran for over 500 yards and scored 11 touchdowns (2007)
  • Also a track standout in sprinting and hurdles
  • Impressive combination of size, agility and speed
  • Originally committed to Michigan
  • Early enrollee at PSU

    Chose Penn State over: Michigan, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, BC, West Virginia

    Story: Newsome Joins Nittany Lions

    Name: Gerald Hodges (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Paulsboro, N.J. (Paulsboro)
    Commitment: December 13, 2008
    Position: Linebacker
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 210 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.55 seconds
    Recruited by: Ron Vanderlinden

    Honors:

  • First Team All-State (2008)
  • First Team All-Conference (2008, 2007)
  • All-South Jersey (2008, 2007)
  • Scout four star prospect
  • Ranked No. 4 WLB nationally

    Hard Hits:

  • Great power, agility and speed
  • Originally committed to Rutgers
  • Early enrollee at Penn State

    Chose Penn State over: Iowa, Rutgers, Maryland, West Virginia, Syracuse

    Story: Hodges Reverses Field

    Name: Gary Gilliam (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Hershey, Pa. (Milton Hershey)
    Commitment: November 13, 2008
    Position: Tight End
    Height: 6'7"
    Weight: 255 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.80 seconds
    Recruited by: Larry Johnson

    Honors:

  • Scout's No. 40 TE nationally
  • Attended Penn State football camp
  • Consisdered among the top TE prospects in the mid-Atlantic

    Hard Hits:

  • Two-way starter for Hershey
  • Impressive size and agility
  • Also plays basketball for Hershey

    Chose Penn State over: Virginia, UConn, Temple, Pitt

    Story: Gilliam Picks PSU

    Name: Anthony Fera (picture from FOS)
    Hometown (High School): Houston, Tx. (St. Pius X)
    Commitment: October 22, 2008
    Position: Wide Receiver
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 230 lbs.
    40 Time: NA seconds
    Recruited by: Kermit Buggs

    Honors:

  • Considered by some to be the top kicker nationally
  • Has 50-yard+ range
  • Top 10 Chris Sailer punter and kicker

    Hard Hits:

  • Incredibly powerful leg.
  • Has 50-yard+ range on field goals.
  • Can consistently kick college set touchbacks.

    Chose Penn State over: Michigan, Kansas State

    Story: Fera Reverses Field

    Name: Devon Smith (picture from FOS)
    Hometown (High School): Waldorf, Md. (Westlake)
    Commitment: September 30, 2008
    Position: Wide Receiver
    Height: 5'7.5"
    Weight: 145 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.35 seconds
    Recruited by: Larry Johnson

    Honors:

  • Among the fastest prospects in Maryland, Mid-Atlantic
  • 100, 200 meter state champion (2007)
  • All-State sprint team (2007)

    Hard Hits:

  • Teammates with Stephon Morris and Derrick Thomas.
  • Impressive speed and burst off the line.
  • Attended same HS as Derrick Williams.

    Chose Penn State over: Notre Dame, Rutgers, Stanford, Maryland (over 15 offers)

    Story: Lions Add Another Md. Standout

    Name: Glenn Carson (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Manahawkin, N.J. (Southern Regional)
    Commitment: September 29, 2008
    Position: Linebacker
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 220 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.6 seconds
    Recruited by: Ron Vanderlinden

    Honors:

  • Scout four-star prospect (2008)
  • Scout No. 7 middle linebacker nationally
  • Third team AP All-State (2007)

    Hard Hits:

  • Aggressive style of play.
  • Also a solid high school wrestler.
  • Holds a cumulative 3.45 GPA

    Chose Penn State over: Notre Dame, Rutgers, Stanford, Maryland (over 15 offers)

    Story: Carson Pledges to LB U.

    Name: Nate Cadogan (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Portsmouth, Oh. (Portsmouth)
    Commitment: July 11, 2008
    Position: Tight End/Offensive Lineman
    Height: 6'6"
    Weight: 280 lbs.
    40 Time: 5.0 seconds
    Recruited by: Jay Paterno

    Honors:

  • Emfinger Super Combine Freak (2008)
  • Considered a top lineman prospect out of Ohio.

    Hard Hits:

  • Good athleticism for his size.
  • Impressive combination of size, strength and agility.
  • Brother of starting PSU left tackle Gerald Cadogan

    Chose Penn State over: Syracuse, Purdue, Northwestern, Cincinnati

    Story: Cadogan Talks PSU Pledge

    Name: Christian Kuntz (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Camp Hill, Pa. (Trinity)
    Commitment: July 4, 2008
    Position: Wide Receiver/Safety
    Height: 6'4"
    Weight: 190 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.45 seconds
    Recruited by: Larry Johnson

    Honors:

  • First team All-Area (2007)
  • First team (RB), Second team All-Conference WR (2007)
  • Third team All-State at safety (2007)

    Hard Hits:

  • Carried 115 times for 813 yards and twelve touchdowns (2007)
  • Caught 21 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns (2007)
  • 30-inch vertical, benches 250 pounds and squats 400 pounds

    Chose Penn State over: Connecticut, Buffalo, Akron

    Story: Kuntz Picks PSU

    Name: Curtis Dukes (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Philadelphia, NY (Indian River)
    Commitment: July 2, 2008
    Position: Running Back
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 235 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.50 seconds
    Recruited by: Mike McQueary

    Honors:

  • Third team Class A All-State (2006)
  • All Conference selection (2006)
  • All Section selection (2006)
  • Ranked No. 38 running back nationally by Scout

    Hard Hits:

  • Rushed for 900 yards and seven touchdowns (2007)
  • Ran for 1,342 yards and 15 touchdowns (2006)

    Chose Penn State over: Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Buffalo

    Story: Dukes to Penn State

    Name: Adam Gress (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): West Mifflin, Pa. (West Mifflin)
    Commitment: July 2, 2008
    Position: Offensive Tackle
    Height: 6'7"
    Weight: 290 lbs.
    40 Time: 5.2 seconds
    Recruited by: Larry Johnson

    Honors:

  • Impressive performances at Michigan and Pitt camps
  • All Nike Combine Team selection
  • 71.76 SPARQ Rating

    Hard Hits:

  • Benches 315 pounds, squats 340 pounds
  • Has a 24-inch vertical jump
  • Impressive size and agility combination
  • Lifelong Penn State fan

    Chose Penn State over: Michigan, West Virginia, Rutgers

    Story: Gress Joins Lions

    Name: Curtis Drake (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Philadelphia, Pa. (W. Phila. Catholic)
    Commitment: June 11, 2008
    Position: Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 175 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.45 seconds
    Recruited by: Ron Vanderlinden

    Honors:

  • Versatile athlete played QB, WR, RB
  • Could play a variety of positions at next level
  • Attended PSU's junior day and summer camp, impressive performance

    Hard Hits:

  • At QB made 75 of 143 passes for 1325 yards and 20 touchdowns (2007)
  • Had 74 carries for 597 yards and nine more touchdowns (2007)
  • Good speed and agility out of the pocket

    Chose Penn State over: Georgia Tech, Northwestern

    Story: Drake to PSU

    Name: Brandon Felder (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Oxon Hill, Md. (Oxon Hill)
    Commitment: May 27, 2008
    Position: Wide Receiver
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 175 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.40 seconds
    Recruited by: Larry Johnson

    Honors:

  • First Team All-County selection (2007)
  • First Team Prince George's 4A All-League selection (2007)
  • All-Met Honorable Mention (2007)

    Hard Hits:

  • 942 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns (2007)
  • Benches 215 pounds and squats 295 pounds
  • Competes in 100-meter, 200-meter and 300-meter events
  • Boasts a 35-inch vertical leap and 4.15 second shuttle
  • Highest SPARQ (40, bench, shuttle, vertical) at Baltimore's Nike Camp (2007)

    Chose Penn State over: Boston College, Maryland

    Story: Felder Picks PSU

    Name: Sean Stanley (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Gaithersburg, Md. (Gaithersburg)
    Commitment: May 27, 2008
    Position: Defensive End
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 245 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.75 seconds
    Recruited by: Larry Johnson

    Honors:

  • First team Washington Post All-Met (2007)
  • Scout four star prospect
  • No. 19 DE prospect nationally
  • First Team All-State (2007)
  • Honorable Mention All State (2006)

    Hard Hits:

  • 37 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and forced 9 fumbles (2007)
  • Competed in shot-put (60-foot range) and discus
  • Wears a size 17 shoe

    Chose Penn State over: Michigan, Georgia, Miami, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland (over 25 offers)

    Story: Stanley Selects State

    Name: Stephon Morris (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Greenbelt, Md. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
    Commitment: May 24, 2008
    Position: Cornerback
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 175 lbs.
    40 Time: 4.40 seconds
    Recruited by: Larry Johnson

    Honors:

  • Overall Defensive MVP BigTime Showcase (2008)
  • Defensive Back MVP of BigTime Showcase (2008)
  • Clocked among fastest players at Maryland Nike Camp (2008)

    Hard Hits:

  • 38 tackles, 18 pass breakups, three interceptions (2007)
  • Two forced fumbles, recovered one, four return touchdowns (2007)
  • Two-way player with 12 touchdowns at wideout (2007)
  • Fast, aggressive defensive back with strong coverage skills
  • Attends same high school as current Lion Derrick Williams

    Chose Penn State over: Illinois, Rutgers, Louisville

    Story: Morris Pledges to PSU

    Name: Eric Shrive (picture from Scout)
    Hometown (High School): Scranton, Pa. (West Scranton)
    Commitment: May 15, 2008
    Position: Offensive Tackle
    Height: 6'7"
    Weight: 300 lbs.
    40 Time: 5.10 seconds
    Recruited by: Bill Kenney

    Honors:

    • Scout five-star prospect
    • Ranked No. 3 OT prospect nationally
    • Ranked No. 23 prospect overall
    • First team All-State Class AAA (2007)

      Hard Hits:

    • Excellent size, speed and footwork
    • Great motor and ability to burst off the blocks
    • Bench presses 350 pounds, squats 450 pounds
    • Has a 3.44 core GPA

      Chose Penn State over: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, Georgia (over 40 offers)

      Story: Shrive to PSU

      Name: Frank Figueroa (picture from FOS)
      Hometown (High School): Alexandria, Va. (Edison)
      Commitment: May 15, 2008
      Position: Offensive Guard
      Height: 6'4"
      Weight: 275 lbs.
      40 Time: 5.0 seconds
      Recruited by: Larry Johnson

      Honors:

      • AAA National All-League selection (2007)
      • Led team to 6-0 league record, 10-3 overall record (2007)

        Hard Hits:

      • Son of military father
      • Started playing football as high school freshman
      • Good agility and athleticism

        Chose Penn State over: William & Mary, interest from BC, Rutgers

        Story: Figueroa Pledges to PSU

        Name: Derrick Thomas (picture from FOS)
        Hometown (High School): Greenbelt, Md. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
        Commitment: May 10, 2008
        Position: Cornerback
        Height: 6'0"
        Weight: 175 lbs.
        40 Time: 4.48 seconds
        Recruited by: Larry Johnson

        Honors:

        • Ranked No. 33 CB prospect nationally
        • Honorable Mention All-State at wideout (2007)

          Hard Hits:

        • Good speed and coverage skills
        • Played CB and WR, grabbing two TDs (2007)
        • Bench presses 265 pounds, vertical leap of 37 inches
        • Attends same high school as current Lion Derrick Williams

          Chose Penn State over: Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers

          Story: Thomas to PSU

          Name: Darrell Givens (picture from FOS)
          Hometown (High School): Indian Head, Md. (Lackey)
          Commitment: May 10, 2008
          Position: Cornerback
          Height: 6'1"
          Weight: 178 lbs.
          40 Time: 4.50 seconds
          Recruited by: Larry Johnson

          Honors:

          • Scout Four Star prospect
          • Ranked No. 7 CB prospect nationally
          • First Team All-State (2007)
          • First Team All-County (2007)

            Hard Hits:

          • 82 tackles, seven pass breakups, three interceptions (2007)
          • Four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries (2007)
          • Also returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns (2007)
          • Bench presses 225 pounds, squats 425 and has a 36-inch vertical jump
          • Originally committed to Ohio State

            Chose Penn State over: Ohio State, Florida, Illinois, USC, Miami (over 40 offers)

            Story: Givens Reverses Field

            Name: Stephen Obeng-Agyapong (picture from FOS)
            Hometown (High School): Bronx, N.Y. (John F. Kennedy)
            Commitment: May 10, 2008
            Position: Safety
            Height: 5'11"
            Weight: 185 lbs.
            40 Time: 4.50 seconds
            Recruited by: Kermit Buggs

            Honors:

            • Second Team All-Borough selection (2007)
            • All-City selection (2007)

              Hard Hits:

            • Good speed with strong stride
            • Runs track, including 55M, 100M and 4x100M events
            • Played with current Lion Stephfon Green

              Chose Penn State over: Iowa, Maryland, UConn, Buffalo

              Story: Obeng-Agyapong Picks PSU

              Name: Mark Arcidiacono (picture from Scout)
              Hometown (High School): Philadelphia, Pa. (St. Joseph's)
              Commitment: April 29, 2008
              Position: Offensive Tackle
              Height: 6'5"
              Weight: 285 lbs.
              40 Time: 5.1 seconds
              Recruited by: Ron Vanderlinden

              Honors:

              • Second Team All-League (2007)
              • Honorable Mention All-City (2007)

                Hard Hits:

              • Bench presses 330 pounds
              • Squats 465 pounds
              • Good size/agility combination

                Chose Penn State over: Florida, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Syracuse (over 14 offers)

                Story: A Dream Come True for Arcidiacono

                Name: Malcolm Willis (picture from FOS)
                Hometown (High School): Indian Head, Md. (Lackey)
                Commitment: April 29, 2008
                Position: Safety/Quarterback
                Height: 6'1"
                Weight: 185 lbs.
                40 Time: 4.6 seconds
                Recruited by: Larry Johnson

                Honors:

                • Second Team All-County (2007)
                • First Team All-Area at quarterback (2007)
                • Honorable Mention All-Conference selection (2007)
                • Honorable Mention All-Met at safety (2007)

                  Hard Hits:

                • 95 tackles, three interceptions (2007)
                • Returned one interception for a touchdown (2007)
                • Aggressive, physical style of play
                • Solid fundamentals and footwork
                • Close with current Lions A.J. Wallace and J.B. Walton

                  Chose Penn State over: Maryland

                  Story: Willis Wants to Be A Lion

                  Name: Ty Howle (picture from Scout)
                  Hometown (High School): Bunn, N.C. (Bunn)
                  Commitment: March 24, 2008
                  Position: Center
                  Height: 6'3"
                  Weight: 295 lbs.
                  40 Time: 5.40 seconds
                  Recruited by: Larry Johnson

                  Honors:

                  • First Team All-State selection (2007)
                  • First Team All-Conference selection (2007)
                  • Conference Lineman of the Year
                  • Carries a a 3.9 core GPA and 4.2 weighted GPA

                    Hard Hits:

                  • Good agility, runs a 4.8 short shuttle
                  • Bench pressed 400 pounds and squats 500 pounds
                  • Solid fundamentals and footwork

                    Chose Penn State over: Navy, East Carolina

                    Story: Lions Grab Howle