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Most recent PSU decommit could be most costly

10/17/2011

Penn State has suffered a number of decommitments over the last several months but none might hurt more than the most recent.

Over the weekend, four-star Pennsbury (Pa.) High School offensive tackle J.J. Denman visited Wisconsin and switched his verbal to the Badgers from the in-state Nittany Lions. Denman was one of the Lions’ top commits.

This year, a quarterback competition that no one seems to want to win has garnered the most attention as the root of Penn State’s offensive troubles. However, the root of the Lions’ offensive woes is the offensive line, which has underachieved for the last several years and is a constant point of frustration for fans.

Obviously there is no guarantee that Denman would have turned out to be an all-conference tackle, especially considering the lack of success highly-ranked offensive lineman have had at Penn State recently, but from all indications Denman was a talent capable of earning a spot early in his career. And at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, a redshirt year spent in the weight room wouldn’t have been necessary.

Both of the Lions' tackles are seniors and there is no clear cut heir to the two tackle positions next year.

The Lions still have ESPNU 150 tackle Joey O’Connor committed, but he’s the lone remaining tackle commit for the Lions.