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Penn State Football Recruiting 2012: National Signing Day Recap

The Penn St. Nittany Lions and their new head coach Bill O'Brien are said to be pleased with the outcome of National Signing Day 2012. The school picked up a class of 19 recruits and will begin preparing for next season.

According to Mark Brennan at, only eight of the 19 recruits had committed in the past month leading up to National Signing Day. The other 11 players had committed to Penn State long before the February 1 deadline to sign letters of intent.

The Nittany Lions did lose six recruits to other schools. Among those players who switched their commitments were five-star defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, four-star defensive back Armani Reeves and four-star linebacker Camren Williams. All three of those players committed to become Ohio State Buckeyes.

According to Rivals, PSU landed a pair of four-star recruits in wide receiver Eugene Lewis and defensive tackle Jamil Pollard.

Three-star recruits include quarterback Steven Bench, offensive linemen Brian Gaia and Anthony Stanko, athlete Malik Golden, tight ends Jesse James and Brent Wilkerson, defensive tackle Austin Johnson, defensive back Jordan Lucas, running back Akeel Lynch, linebacker Nyeem Wartman and wide receiver Trevor Williams.

The class was rounded out with six two-star recruits: defensive back Da'Quan Davis, defensive tackles Derek Dowrey and Wendy Laurent, athlete Jake Kiley, defensive end Evan Schwan and wide receiver Jonathan Warner.

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