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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Scouts: Nittany Lions improve WR corps

By Tom Luginbill

Penn State recently added commitments from ESPN 150 athlete De'Andre Thompkins (Swansboro, N.C./Swansboro) and receiver Chris Godwin (Middletown, Del./Middletown), an ESPN 300 candidate.  Our scouts feel these are major upgrades for the Nittany Lions. Despite the NCAA sanctions upon the program, we believe Thompkins and Godwin might be better than what Penn State is currently playing with out wide. From a speed and versatility standpoint, Thompkins, an Under Armour All-American, has the upside to become a difference maker, especially when he hits the weightroom. Godwin, who possesses verified 4.48 40 speed, is bigger and more physically imposing as a jump-ball outside threat who is very difficult to handle and tackle after the catch.

This gives Penn State two fine, young weapons for quarterback Christian Hackenberg to work with, and both are far better players than many likely thought Penn State would have a chance of landing. Now the hard part is going to be holding on down the stretch.