Breaking down the 2012 defensive class 

August, 15, 2012
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Brennan FranklinCourtesy of Brandon FranklinAs the first player to commit to Penn State following the NCAA sanctions, Brennan Franklin's the wild card of the class of 2012. If he develops, he could turn into the ultimate recruiting steal.
The defensive players in Penn State's 2012 recruiting class are not the most heralded the Nittany Lions have ever snagged. But defense has been a strength of Penn State since before some of these recruits' parents were born -- and that's not expected to change.

Four-star defensive tackle Brian Gaia heads the incoming defensive class, and several three-star players could see the field this year as most players might be asked to step up sooner than later due to the NCAA sanctions. So NittanyNation takes a closer look at each defensive recruit and breaks down what ESPN's scouts had to say before each player wound up in Happy Valley.

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