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2012 Recruiting Class

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DB: Jake Kiley:

New Hampton, NH

Committed: 7/27/2011

6’2″ 175 lb

2 star on and

No Division I offers.

Plays both quarterback and defensive back. Accounted for 24 touchdowns last season, 14 rushing and 10 passing. On defense he grabbed 47 tackles, four interceptions and three sacks.

(Video by j2dak10)


DE: Brent Wilkerson

Hyattsville, MD

Committed: 3/26/2011

6'4" and 245 lbs

3 stars on and

Offers from: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Maryland, Rutgers, Nebraska, Clemson and several others.

Played defensive end in high school but has been told by Penn State that he will play Tight End.

(Video by Wilkersons)


OL: Anthony Stanko

Warren, OH

Committed: 3/19/2011

6'5" 302 lb.

3 star on and

Offers from: Kent State, Northwestern, Akron, Stanford, and West Virginia

Stanko has been a vocal supporter of Penn State before and after the scandal.

(Video by 247sportsstudio)


WR: Trevor Williams

Towson, MD

Committed: 1/22/2012

6’2” 190 lb.

3 star on 2 star on

Offers from: Toledo, West Virginia

Was recruited by coach Larry Johnson, had committed to WVU.

(Video by Nextlvlnation)


TE: Jesse James

Glassport, Pa

Committed: 3/28/2011 

6'7" 265 lb

3 star on and

Offers from: Toldeo, Liberty

As a junior in 2010, James caught 34 passes for 463 yards as a tight end and on the defensive side of the ball he added 55 tackles, 18 of which were behind the line of scrimmage. He was a second team all-state selection as an offensive lineman.

(Video, PaSportsHighlights)


DB: Malik Golden

Cheshire, CT

Committed: 8/24/2011 

6'1", 185 lb

3 star on and

Offers from: Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Syracuse 

Recruited as an athlete but expected to play on the defensive side of the ball. 

Rushed for 745 yds and 5 TDs, along with 48 rec. for 680 yds and 5 TDs as a junior in HS.

(Video CAfootball2010)


LB: Nyeem Wartman

Archbald, PA

Committed: 7/9/2011 

6'3" 220 lb

3 star on and

Offers from: Akron, Boston College, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, NC State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Temple.

Known for hitting, pass coverage and toughness.

(Video ScoutingPA)


OL: Wendy Laurent

Princeton, NJ

Committed: 1/24/2012

6'4" 285

3 star on, unrated on

Offers from:  UMass, Navy, Buffalo, Delaware

Recruited by offensive line coach Mac McWhorter.


DE: Evan Schwan

Harrisburg, PA


6'6" 230 lb

3 star on and

Offers from: Iowa, Uconn, Kent State, Rutgers, Cornell

Recruited by coach Larry Johnson

(Video evanskii94)


QB: Steven Bench

Camila, GA

Committed: 1/24/2012 

6'3" 210 lb

3 stars on, 2 star on

Offer list: Rice, FCS.

Had been committed to Rice, recruited by defensive coordinator Ted Roof. Passed for 11 touchdowns and rushed for nine scores during his senior season at Cairo High School in 2011. He has a 3.86 GPA

(Video sbench12)


DB: Jordan Lucas

Worcester Academy, MA

Committed: 1/16/2012 

6'1" 195 lb

3 star and

Offers from: Akron, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Temple

Lucas is the first commitment of the Bill O'Brien era. Had planned to commit to Temple.

(Video KF21WR)


DL: Brian Gaia

Baltimore, MD

Committed: 5/9/2011

6’3” 290 lb

3 star and

Offers from: Boston College, Iowa, Maryland, Pitt, Rutgers, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Earned all-state, all-metro and all-conference honors in high school.

(Video RedshirtScouting)


Still expected to sign:

Derek Dowrey

Austin Johnson

Eugene Lewis

Jamil Pollard

Akeel Lynch

DaQuan Davis

Jonathan Warner