The Way I See It, Penn State (who just defeated the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl) will have to work some magic to recruit a few Parade All-American High School football talents. The Lions have already added Lebanon's, Jared Odrick to the pride. The Lancaster-Lebanon League all-star is a nice addition. He stands in at 6-foot, 6-inches, 290-pounds, and is projected as a possible defensive end.
The only other commonwealth talent named to the 2005 Parade list of All-Americans was Downingtown East quarterback, Pat Devlin. Devlin has already made a commitment to play at the University of Miami, a team I dislike with a passion.
Penn State has traditionally been able to lure New Jersey talent to Happy Valley. This year there are three Jerseyans who may want to play for the blue and white. Antwine Perez is a 6-2, 200-pound defensive back from Camden, NJ, while Myron Rolle is an all-purpose player from Princeton. Knowshon Moreno is an outstanding running back from Middletown. The three top Parade linemen would be a nice addition to the team. But the chance that Florida's, Sam Young (6-8, 305), Alabama's Andre Smith (6-6, 325), and North Carolina's Carl Johnson (6-6, 340) will open holes and protect the Nit quarterback is slim and none.
As a fan of Penn State football, I'm hoping the coaching staff brings in some talent that will continue the tradition. Penn State has made a resurgence that has rekindled the pride and enthusiasm of we Lion faithful.
Incidentally, an opportunity to see the Parade All-Americans, including Penn State bound, Jared Odrick, will be possible this Saturday at 1 p.m. when the players square off in the U. S. Army All-American Bowl to be played at San Antonio, Texas.