With a relatively small 2014 class, the Nittany Lions' big board isn't brimming with talent in the ESPN 150. But there are still more than a half-dozen targets here -- including at least one recruit who has PSU near the top of his list.
Here are the ESPN 150 recruits whom PSU has offered:
1. CB Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic)
6-foot-1, 205 pounds
ESPN 150 rank: 2
Why PSU wants him: Where to begin? He's the top overall player on Penn State's big board for good reason. He boasts incredible top-end speed, can play offense or defense, and ESPN's scouts used the term "playmaker" three times in a brief scouting report to describe his talents. He could make an immediate impact in his first year.
Who else wants him: Just about everybody. He holds offers from the who's who in the college football world: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, etc. It's hard to see any team turning down Peppers.
Odds PSU gets him: It's a big longshot. Peppers came away impressed during an unofficial visit in February, but his excitement with the Nittany Lions has died down considerably. PSU isn't one of his top schools at this point, and it would take a tremendous recruiting effort for the Lions to slide into his top 5 -- let alone persuade him enough to commit.