National recruiting rankings.
And all indications are former Nittany Lions quarterback Steven Bench has narrowed his list of new homes to two.
That’s right, it’s Penn State football notebook time.
ESPN TABS ROBINSON, HULL: Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com has selected wide receiver Allen Robinson and outside linebacker Michael Hull
Robinson, a junior who has the size (6-3, 204) to go across the middle and the speed to beat secondaries deep, is a pretty easy call for one of the two spots after a dominant 2012 showing (77 catches,burberry outlet online, 1,013 yards, 11 TD catches) that earned his first-team All-Big Ten honors.
It will be interesting to see how coach Bill O’Brien tweaks his offense to further capitalize on Robinson’s physical skills. Robinson, the high school teammate of former PSU quarterback Rob Bolden (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in Michigan),burberry factory outlet, is also bound to see more defensive attention this year.
And I like Hull, too. The redshirt junior was a spark plug on PSU’s third-down defense and a key special teams player. Hull did not start last year but still recorded 58 tackles, five of them for losses. He will start in the fall and I don’t think there’s any question he is one of the Lions’ top players.
In fact, here are my top six Lions heading into August camp, in no particular order (hey,burberry outlet, that comes later): Robinson, Hull, senior linebacker Glenn Carson, fifth-year senior guard John Urschel, junior safety-corner Adrian Amos and redshirt sophomore Deion Barnes. And I almost included sophomore tight end Jesse James on this list.
BREAKOUTS FOR 2013: Brent Yarina of the Big Ten Network has selected — Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Michigan tight end Devin Funchess, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun,burberry, Nebraska running back Imani Cross and Purdue defensive end Ryan Russell.
A very interesting list. My favorite player in the group is Gordon, who showcased his speed in Wisconsin’s 24-21 overtime loss to Penn State last year by scoring on a 57-yard reception. A week later, Gordon ran by Nebraska’s defense in Wisconsin’s Big Ten title game rout, piling up 219 yards on only nine carries. This guy is dangerous.
And, yes, I noticed there are no Penn State players on Yarina’s list. Easy, people. I think there are a number of PSU players sitting on breakout seasons in the fall and I believe James, a 6-7, 260-pounder who scored five touchdowns on only 15 receptions, is one of them.
PSU IN TOP 15: Dave Miller of the National Football Post has noticed what O’Brien and his staff have done with regard to the 2014 recruiting class. noting the additions of wideouts Troy Apke, Chris Godwin and De’Andre Thompkins and linebacker Troy Reeder.
Miller ranks Michigan No. 1 on his list and Ohio State is No. 10, by the way.
TWO FOR BENCH: ESPN’s Joe Schad mentioned former PSU quarterback Steven Bench on Twitter Monday, saying Bench will choose between South Florida and Mississippi State. Schad reports that Bench is visiting Starkville, Miss. today and Wednesday.
It was believed North Carolina State was also in the running for Bench’s services but former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell announced earlier in the week he will transfer to the Wolfpack program. So there you go.