[quote="NittanyIllini, post:1, topic:462"]Picked this off one of the Illini boards. As you'll see, PSU is way down on the list of top recruits, with only Jeff Brooks clocking in the Top 100 (at 98) over the past 10 years.
(There are a few other doodads on the site, such as McD’s AA lists)
This further illustrates the fine job that ED has done since he’s gotten to PSU. Finding those diamonds in the rough, convincing them that PSU is the place for them, then coaching them up into winners when they hit campus.[/quote]
Illini, I don’t know if your comment was “tongue in cheek” or not. BUT… The other side of the coin of looking at this data is…One could argue that Ed hasn’t recruited top players. A “negative” in most coaches books. Also as for winners… Ed has only had 1 winning season out of 6.
Definitely not tongue in cheek. I meant what I said. No one expects the top recruits to come to Penn State, especially in the wake of what the program went through earlier this decade. They might now get a few looks from Top 100’s with the success of players like Talor Battle.
What Talor’s success does illustrate to me is that ED is good at evaluating and finding “top recruits” who are not 5-star or 4-star gems that the UNC’s, Duke’s, Kentucky’s only have to open their doors up to for them to go there.
One other interesting tidbit…the state of Pennsylvania has had 25 total McD’s AA’s since 1977 (the year it started) and only 4 of those have actually played their college ball in PA. So even the top recruits in this state are looking to go elsewhere.