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Penn State's 2013 class: 5 things to know

12/23/2012

There's still about 44 days left for PSU to pick up two more players for the Class of 2013, but there's already some things we know about this group.

NittanyNation takes a look at five things that have already come into focus here:

1. The future for this offense is bright. If ESPN's No.1-rated passer, Christian Hackenberg, was the only offensive prospect in this class, that statement might still be accurate. But throw in the nation's No. 1 TE in Adam Breneman, the No. 10 OG in Brendan Mahon and the No. 18 OT in Andrew Nelson -- and that's the best combination in the Big Ten.

2. Secondary was a big focus. Assistant coach John Butler lamented the lack of depth this season, so PSU has picked up four defensive backs -- including two corners who can enroll early in Anthony Smith and Jordan Smith. That's especially critical, as those two players might just have the best shot at early playing time. Jordan Smith's work ethic is unparalleled.

3. Linebacker U's reputation has been upheld. PSU already had some talented linebackers in the 2012 class, but it's gone after three linebackers already -- and would even like to add another, if Garret Dooley or Trey Johnson decide to commit. (Unlikely.) Regardless, with Zayd Issah, Jonathan Walton and Brandon Bell, PSU should be set at this position for the next four or five seasons. 2012 recruits Gary Wooten and Nyeem Wartman are no joke, and PSU should remain dominant here. All these extra linebackers will undboutedly shore up some special teams.

4. DaeSean Hamilton has been the best 'get' since the sanctions. He's a four-star wideout with a similar playing style to Allen Robinson. He's a little shorter than Robinson, but he has a nice vertical and counts route-running as one of his main strengths. He likely won't contribute immediately, but he's a strong pickup as the class's only receiver.

5. Speed has become an overwhelming trait. Walton didn't have any other BCS offers, but he reportedly ran a 4.6-second 40. Kasey Gaines didn't hold another FBS offer, but he ran a 4.4-second 40 at PSU's camp. Neiko Robinson also claimed around a 4.5-second 40. When it comes to players who operate in space, PSU appears to be going after speed -- Jordan Smith is also really fast -- and the defense could have quite a different look in the near future.