ESPN 300 analysis: PSU Nittany Lions 

June, 17, 2013
6/17/13
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- What sanctions?

In the latest ESPN rankings, Penn State boasts the No. 17 recruiting class -- second-best in the Big Ten -- with a trio of ESPN 300 prospects in WR De'Andre Thompkins (No. 54), QB Michael O'Connor (No. 125) and WR Chris Godwin (No. 153). And if that surprises you, then you just haven't been paying attention.

Forget the bowl ban. Forget the reduced scholarships -- because PSU's commits sure have. Thompkins, still ranked as the No. 54 overall prospect, picked the Lions over schools in the SEC, ACC and Big 12. (And let's not forget Notre Dame, too.)

And that success is only going to continue because, as Thompkins put it, the main reason for these commitments isn't going to change.

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