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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Penn State: 2014 prospects to watch

By Josh Moyer

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With signing day 2013 wrapped up, it's time to turn our attention to 2014 recruits. Here are five players the Nittany Lions will be targeting for next year's class:

Thaddeus Snodgrass
Thaddeus Snodgrass would be a perfect fit in Bill O'Brien's offense at Penn State.
WR Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), ESPN Watch List
Bill O'Brien and Charles London repeatedly emphasized how they have to do a better job in Ohio, and that could start with Snodgrass. Most thought he would commit to Ohio State, but PSU appears to have the edge. He released a top five on Twitter this week, and PSU was No. 1.

RB Mark Allen (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic)
He is the first -- and so far only -- player to commit as part of this 2014 class. Allen is a speedy back who tore his ACL shortly after his Oct. 16 pledge. DeMatha is a powerhouse, and Allen brought up several of his teammates for the Wisconsin game. He is already talking to juniors and urging them to commit to PSU.

LB Troy Reeder (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum)
PSU might have the best shot to land Reeder above any other linebacker targets. He wants to commit by the early summer, and he and Ron Vanderlinden often talk on the phone. O'Brien and Vanderlinden visited him not too long ago, and Reeder holds high interest in PSU. "Penn State is really the whole package," he said last month.

OT Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic), ESPN Watch List
He is likely the No. 1 OL prospect on the Nittany Lions' big board. He attended a Penn State camp over the summer, drove to the PSU-OSU game and called the atmosphere the loudest he's ever been in. He already holds more than a dozen offers.

WR De'Andre Thompkins (Swansboro, N.C./Swansboro)
Thompkins is exactly the type of athlete PSU needs to get through the sanctions. ESPN lists him as an athlete for good reason. According to Thompkins, PSU mainly wants him as a wideout, but if all goes well, it would also like to see him as a kick returner and a nickelback. Interest is picking up in Thompkins, and if he doesn't choose to enroll in an SEC school, he's almost certainly heading to Penn State.

Honorable mentions: CB Troy Vincent Jr., CB D'Andre Payne, S Montae Nicholson, DE Malik McDowell, RB Dravon Henry.