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National Signing Day Wrap-Up

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Yesterday was National Signing Day, which is like Christmas for college football programs and fans across the country. Penn State signed 16 recruits yesterday from 8 different states, finishing in the Top 40 in the team rankings on Scout.com and Rivals.com.

Here’s the Class of 2011!

Shawn Oakman 6’8” 240 lbs DE Pennridge HS (Lansdowne, PA)

Angelo Mangiro 6’2” 290 lbs OG Roxbury HS (Succasunna, NJ)

  • Chose Penn State over: Florida, USC, Ohio State
  • Participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-American game
  • Penn State’s top-rated recruit according to Scout

Donovan Smith 6’5” 270 lbs OT Owings Mills HS (Ownings Mills, MD)

  • Chose Penn State over: Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Clemson
  • #2 player in Maryland according to Rivals
  • Participated in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Bill Belton 5’9” 191 lbs WR Winslow Township HS (Atco, NJ)

  • Chose Penn State over: Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Oregon, Florida, Wisconsin
  • Originally committed to Pittsburgh before head coach Dave Wannstedt’s firing
  • Played QB in high school

Anthony Zettel 6’4” 254 lbs OG Ogemaw Heights HS (West Branch, MI)

  • Chose Penn State over: Michigan, USC, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State
  • #3 player in Michigan according to Rivals
  • Top 100 player nationally

Deion Barnes 6’5” 230 lbs DE Northeast HS (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Chose Penn State over: Georgia, Michigan, West Virginia
  • Top 5 player in Pennsylvania according to Rivals
  • Philadelphia Public School Player of the Year as a senior

Matt Zanellato 6’3” 190 lbs WR Lake Braddock HS (Burke, VA)

  • Chose Penn State over: Miami (Ohio)
  • Four-star recruit according to Scout
  • First-team All-State (Virginia AAA) as a senior

Ben Kline 6’2” 220 lbs LB Dallastown HS (Dallastown, PA)

  • Chose Penn State over: Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Michigan
  • Like Belton, also formerly committed to Pittsburgh
  • Top 15 player in PA according to Rivals

Ryan Nowicki 6’5” 270 lbs OT Cactus HS (Glendale, AZ)

  • Chose Penn State over: USC, Arizona, Oregon State
  • First-team All-State (Arizona)
  • Top 10 player in Arizona according to Rivals

Adrian Amos 6’1” 198 lbs DB Calvert Hall HS (Towson, MD)

  • Chose Penn State over: West Virginia, UConn, Vanderbilt
  • Originally committed to UConn
  • Decided to sign with Penn State on Signing Day

Shyquawn Pullium 6’1” 178 lbs DB Kiski Prep (Saltsburg, PA)

  • Chose Penn State over: Pittsburgh, Maryland, Cincinnati
  • Went to Kiski Prep last season to improve grades
  • A two-way starter for Erie Cathedral Prep in high school

Jordan Kerner 6’5” 225 lbs TE Fairview HS (Fairview, PA)

  • Chose Penn State over: West Virginia, Iowa, Rutgers
  • First-team Class AA All-State (PA)
  • Will participate in the Big 33 game in June

Allen Robinson 6’3” 190 lbs WR St. Mary’s HS (Orchard Park, MI)

  • Chose Penn State over: Minnesota
  • Top 25 prospect in Michigan
  • High school teammate of Penn State QB Rob Bolden

Sam Ficken 6’3” 180 lbs K Valparaiso HS (Valparaiso, IN)

  • Chose Penn State over: Akron
  • Second kicker from Indiana to sign with PSU in as many years (Alex Butterworth in 2010)
  • First-team Class 5A All-State (Indiana)

Anthony Alosi 6’6” 282 lbs OT The Hun School (Princeton, NJ)

  • Chose Penn State over: UConn
  • Went to The Hun School last season to improve college offers (graduated HS at age 17)
  • Penn State’s only early enrollee in this recruiting class

Kyle Carter 6’4” 230 lbs TE William Penn HS (New Castle, DE)

  • Chose Penn State over: Delaware
  • Top 3 prospect in Delaware
  • First commitment for class of 2010

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