Joe Paterno and the Penn State Nittany Lions are picking up steam on the recruiting trail.
Penn State University will be launching a Division-1 Men’s Hockey program in the near future. The school will also be adding a D-1 women’s hockey program. Launching a D-1 hockey program has been on the radar of the adminstration for years and it will finally become a reality as the school now has the funding to make it happen. The school will be building an $80 million dollar arena/facility that will be funded by one donor and will also cover the majority of scholarships for both programs. An official announcement from the school is expected by the end of the month. Penn State officials expect the men’s hockey coaching positions to be highly coveted as one contact told me “big names” have already inquired. Officials have done their homework and expect to eventually join the CCHA, entering a conference with the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.
Penn State Junior linebacker Navorro Bowman is foregoing his senior season and will enter the NFL draft, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad Bowman is the top rated OLB and ESPN Scout’s Inc’s Todd Mcshay calls Bowman “the best all-around athlete at linebacker in this draft class.” Bowman projects to be a top 15 selection and could move into the top 10.
Once again, it was close but no cigar for Dave Wannstedt and the Pitt Panthers. Nick Forbes, one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, was considering Pitt but last night pulled the trigger and didn’t pick the Panthers. While visiting the California Elite Camp, Forbes made a verbal commitment to the California Golden Bears. Forbes, Frederick (Md.), reportedly was very impressed with the Berkeley campus and the coaching staff. Pitt along with West Virginia and Virginia Tech were other finalists for Forbes. Forbes is ranked as the nation’s No. 7 outside linebacker and a member of the Rivals250. As a junior, Forbes rushed for 1,075 yards on offense, but racked up 96 tackles, six tackles for a loss and four sacks on defense. More Recruiting News * PITT was highly disappointed in missing out on 3-star recruit QB Bryan Bennett (Encino, Calif.) Bennett committed to Oregon on ThursdayRead More »
Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin improved his forty time significantly today running a 4.59 40-yard dash at Penn State’s pro day. Maybin ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine. Maybin also gained 25 pounds since the end of the college football season. Maybin, 6 foot 4 weighed in at 252 lbs Maybin is currently projected as a top 15 pick
Penn State Update Penn State Linebacker Aaron Maybin, a projected top 20 pick ran the 40 yard dash in the unofficial time of a 4.78 this morning. As reported last week it was speculated that Maybin gained 12-15 pounds and that appears to be the case. Maybin weighed in at 249lbs. Wakes Forest Linebacker Aaron Curry regarded as the top linebacker entering the draft ran the 40 yard dash in the unofficial time of 4.54. Curry is believed to be getting consideration as the #1 pick¬†according to recent reports. Center A.Q. Shipley helped his stock as he ran a 5.19 40-yard dash and also bench-pressed 225lbs – 33 times. Shipley is still seen as a mid-round selection because of his size but teams like him and feel he has value. There could be a team out there that takes him earlier than most people think he will go. Mixed reviewsRead More »
Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin who began the season as a backup will declare for the NFL draft. Maybin was told by a draft advisory board that he is a projected first round pick. Maybin finished the regular season with 45 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and a Big Ten best 12 sacks. TIOPS projects Maybin as a top 20 pick
Our first NFL Mock is now available. We will be doing 2-3 mock drafts¬†per month leading¬†up until the NFL Draft in April. (Photo courtesy of SD Dirk) 1. DETROIT LIONS,¬†MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, GEORGIA (6-2 235 lbs) – I really do not believe that either Stafford or Bradford is worthy of the top selection in this year‚Äôs draft, but the Lions need at the position is probably going to force them into the selection. Stafford has the big arm and is probably the safer pick at this point. With that said, both Bradford and Stafford are not definitely entering the draft. If (and I don‚Äôt see this happening) both Stafford and Bradford remain in school for another season there is not a quarterback worthy of the top selection. Two other options for the Lions are to either address the offensive line by drafting Andre Smith or Michael Oher, or they couldRead More »