Paterno picking up the pace 

May, 20, 2010
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When it comes to Big Ten recruiting, Penn State coach Joe Paterno was the pioneer of the early scholarship offer and the early commitment. However, this year has been different. At one end of the Big Ten spectrum is Ohio State with 11 verbal commitments and at the other end is Penn State, which has yet to receive a 2011 commitment.

A big part of the problem is that Paterno currently has just 14 scholarships to give and he and his staff have handed out scholarship offers at a much slower pace than usual. Although, that pace is beginning to pick up in Happy Valley and it may not be long before Paterno and his staff breaks the ice, and it could be in a substantial way.

Over the past couple weeks, the Nittany Lions have offered tight end Nick Vannett (Westerville, Ohio/Central) and quarterback Cardale Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville). Before Vannett and Jones, the Nittany Lions offered offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury), who has over a dozen offers including Ohio State, USC and Florida. Mangiro now knows Paterno is not only interested, but would love to see him playing in Happy Valley.

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