PSU holds off Michigan for No. 1 spot

Originally Published: February 3, 2010
By Scouts Inc. |
Here is a team by team breakdown of the Big Ten.


1. Penn State Nittany Lions

The Nittany Lions didn't close well down the stretch, but still managed to sign the top class in the conference. Joe Paterno's class features six ESPNU 150 prospects, including four on the defensive side of the ball led by Khairi Fortt (Stamford, Conn./Stamford) who is a nice addition to Linebacker U. The defensive line also scored big with defensive end Dakota Royer (Manheim, Pa./Central), who is simply an excellent football player. Space-eating defensive tackle Evan Hailes (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel Smith) and defensive end C.J. Olaniyan (Warren, Mich./Warren-Mott) have a lot of upside. On offense, quarterback Robert Bolden (Orchard Lake, Mich./Saint Mary's Prep) could contend for early playing time and RB Silas Redd (Stamford, Conn./The King and Low Heywood) is a well-rounded back.