Focusing on out-of-state talent in 2014
Well, they might find out with the 2014 class.
This might be the fewest scholarships offered to in-state players since Joe Paterno first tried on glasses. Safety Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) is the lone ESPN Watch List player in Pennsylvania to grab an offer, while 14 other offers were delivered to out-of-state athletes.
Before O'Brien arrived on campus, between 2006 and 2011, about 85 percent of recruits hailed from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania or Ohio. And only one Georgian, Steven Bench, currently finds himself on Penn State's roster.
So it's no coincidence this new emphasis on Georgia recruits comes with defensive coordinator Ted Roof on staff. A former Auburn assistant, Roof boasts an impressive list of Southern connections and toured Alabama and Georgia for hidden gems in the 2013 class.
ESPN Watch List: Class of 2014
The ESPN Watch List is a very early look at some of the top prospects for the Class of 2014. However, this list will continue to evolve as the season goes on and our scouts continue to evaluate film on more and more prospects.
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