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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Scouting reports on PSU's 2014 commits

By Josh Moyer

ESPN's scouts recently released reports on Penn State's three 2014 commits, so NittanyNation decided to take a closer look at each player and what those scouting reports had to say:

MLB Troy Reeder, Salesianum (Del.) High School, 6-foot-3, 232 pounds

Top traits: Inside run support, outside run support, coverage skill

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Pros: "Reeder is what you look for in a total football player. By the looks of his competitive nature and effort, he's a program building player. ... Closes strong and is physical at the point of contact often overpowering his current level of competition. Makes plays from his outside linebacker position and from depth when deployed in more of a safety alignment. ... Reeder is a big, strong physical prospect and a jumbo-athlete of sorts who can run for his size and make plays with ball skills. Looks to have good football intelligence as well and is a prospect we feel has a high probability of success." -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: "He flows well to the ball but does lack sudden change-of-direction through traffic and the big-play burst to make consistent inside-out stops on the ball between the tackles. Lacks top-end finishing burst to set the edge on the outside when lacking the proper angle. ... Needs to improve his overall balance in space." -- ESPN scouting report

RB Nick Scott, Fairfax (Va.) High School, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds

Top traits: Elusiveness, vision, hands

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Pros: "Scott is a pretty exciting weapon as a pass catching running back with the versatility to split out in the slot and be a factor in the passing game. ... He's a smooth, weaving type when navigating through traffic with patience and elusiveness. Consistently runs with good lean, leg drive and balance. Type of back who pops free through the traffic when he appears to be wrapped up. He has a knack for being patient and slipping through smaller run creases. ... His vision is very good, and he has the hips and lateral mobility to exploit cutback lanes. He is a guy who rarely takes on direct shots." -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: "Needs route running structure. Scott does many things well, but does not have great speed. Is quick and elusive, but might struggle at the next level to pull away when at the second level." -- ESPN scouting report

RB Mark Allen, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, 5-foot-7, 185 pounds

Top traits: Hands

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Pros: "Demonstrates good patience and anticipation following blockers effectively. Although not a power back, he is a tough customer who doesn't back down from contact. Runs over his pads and shows the ability to break tackles. His center of gravity and balance make it difficult to knock him off his feet. Possesses the lateral foot quickness, change of direction and stop/start ability needed to make defenders miss in the open field. ... He is a hands catcher who knows how to settle into soft areas vs. zone coverage." -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: "He has the weight but presently lacks the height for the running back position at the major level of competition. ... Allen might need some time and possibly a redshirt year prior to challenging for playing time at the BCS level." -- ESPN scouting report