Versatility a key to PSU's recruiting class 

March, 7, 2013
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Jabrill PeppersJared Shanker/ESPN.comThe ability for DB Jabrill Peppers to play multiple positions is a positive for PSU.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jabrill Peppers, an ESPN Watch List cornerback, couldn't have been all that surprised when the staff told him they foresee him playing on both sides of the ball.

He's the top overall player on the Nittany Lions' big board, one of the best high school athletes in the country. And, starting in 2014, Penn State must deal with 20 fewer scholarships for four seasons.

With those limitations, the Nittany Lions are going to have to utilitize their top talent -- and top recruits -- as much as possible. That's not to say fans will see a field covered in Owen Marcecics, but it's clear that Bill O'Brien is placing a premium on versatility. Most of Penn State's high school recruits can play more than one position in college -- and that's no coincidence.

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