Recruiting Report: Penn State's numbers lag behind

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Penn State's football recruiting continues to move at a snail's pace. That fact is proven by looking at the number of players who have made college decisions so far.

To date, Penn State has only four high school recruits from the class of 2011. Of all the BCS conferences in the country, the only school with as few recruits is Colorado, which also has only four. Only 12 schools in the BCS conferences have fewer than 10 verbal commitments from members of the class of 2011. Among them are Arizona State (6), Purdue (6), North Carolina State (7), Miami (7) and UCLA (8).

Here are some other recruiting numbers to ponder: Five Mid-American Conference schools have more recruits so far than Penn State. Pitt has 18 and West Virginia 13.

High school players can't sign a binding letter of intent until February, and Penn State has begun to branch out its recruiting to Florida and Texas.

Papson opens eyes

North Allegheny running back Alex Papson is only 5 feet 8, but his play so far has piqued the interest of some Division I schools. Papson has rushed for more than 200 yards in consecutive games.

"I think he's a Division I running back," North Allegheny coach Art Walker said. "If you have a program that doesn't mind smaller backs, then you're going to look at him. A lot of Mid-American Conference schools want film on him. They're keeping an eye on him."

This and that

• McKeesport teammates Branden Jackson (DE) and Delvon Simmons (OL-DL) will visit Rutgers this weekend. Jackson made an official visit to Texas Tech last weekend.

• Sean Miller is showing he can get top players to the University of Arizona basketball program. Miller, a former Pitt player and Blackhawk High graduate, will be in his second season at Arizona. Josiah Turner, a highly touted guard from Sacramento, Calif., recently announced he will attend Arizona.

Turner is the No. 24 player in the country, according to Nick Johnson, a 6-3 guard from Henderson, Nev., and the No. 26 player, also chose Arizona, as did 6-8 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) forward Sidiki Johnson (No. 58).


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