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Penn State Class of 2011

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Penn State focused on the trenches in 2011, landing several coveted offensive line prospects while also adding a pair of intriguing defensive ends and a raw but promising defensive tackle. At the skill positions, PSU landed receivers with height and hands, if not home run-hitting ability, but later filled that need for speed at wide out at Pitt's expense.

Angelo Mangiro, Anthony Zettel, Donovan Smith and Ryan Nowicki highlight a recruiting class heavy on hogs. Mangiro has the size, power and feet to become an all-around stud, though his run blocking is ahead of his pass blocking at this point. Zettel and Smith are strong and surprisingly nimble, but both need to add weight. Nowicki has good initial quickness and can play in space. His development in the run game could take some time, however.

On the defensive line, Shawn Oakman (below right) stands a towering 6-8 and hopes to play basketball for the Lions, too. Oakman has pass rushing skills and plenty of projection left at just 240 pounds. He'll have to add bulk to that frame to hold up at the point of attack, as will fellow DE Jordan Kerner. Deion Barnes is a raw but promising prospect in the interior.

Tight end Kyle Carter and wide receivers Matt Zanellato and Allen Robinson rarely drop passes and snatch the ball at its highest point. They don't figure to stretch the field, but they could become quality possession receivers.

The Nittany Lions benefitted from the turmoil surrounding Pitt's football program. One-time Pitt verbals Bill Belton and Ben Kline decommitted following Dave Wannstedt's ouster, heading to Happy Valley instead. Belton is undersized for a wideout but possesses the wheels to make game-changing plays. Kline has a nonstop motor and could be a run-stuffing linebacker.

After a one-year detour at prep school, Erie's Shyquawn Pullium re-committed to PSU and is expected to line up at cornerback.

PENN STATE - CLASS OF 2011
Anthony Alosi, OT (6-6, 282), Princeton, NJ/The Hun School
Adrian Amos, S (6-1, 195) Towson, MD/Calvert Hall
Deion Barnes, DE (6-5, 230), Philadelphia, PA/Northeast High School
Bill Belton, WR (5-9, 191), Atco, NJ/Winslow Township
Kyle Carter, TE (6-4, 231), New Castle, DE/William Penn
Sam Ficken, K (6-3, 180), Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso
Jordan Kerner, DE (6-5, 225), Fairview, PA/Fairview
Ben Kline, LB (6-2, 220), Dallastown, PA/Dallastown
Angelo Mangiro, OG (6-2, 290), Succasunna, NJ/Roxbury
Ryan Nowicki, OT (6-5, 272), Glendale, AZ/Cactus
Shawn Oakman, DE (6-8, 240), Lansdowne, PA/Penn Wood
Shyquawn Pullium, CB (6-1, 178), Saltsburg, PA/The Kiskiminetas Springs School
Allen Robinson, WR (6-3, 190), Orchard Lake, MI/St. Mary's Prep School
Donovan Smith, OT (6-5, 270), Owings Mills, MD/Owings Mills
Matt Zanellato, WR (6-3, 190), Burke, VA/Lake Braddock Secondary School
Anthony Zettel, OG (6-4, 254), West Branch, MI/Ogemaw Heights

IMMEDIATE IMPACT:
Angelo Mangiro, OG
While many of his fellow 2011 recruits need time in the weight room and cafeterias to bulk up, Mangiro's 290-plus pound frame makes him a tenacious run blocker who can drive defenders off the ball. His run-heavy high school offense leaves him somewhat inexperienced in pass protection, but Mangiro has the quick feet and large wingspan to handle oncoming speed rushers.  

FUTURE STAR
Bill Belton, WR
A dual-threat quarterback in high school expected to move to receiver, Belton has the athleticism and explosive separation speed to be a nightmare for Big Ten defensive backs. He'll need to sharpen his route-running skills and develop soft hands, but Belton should be a special teams standout now and a highlight waiting to happen in the receiving game later on.

UNDER THE RADAR:
Matt Zanellato, WR

A big target at 6-3, 190 pounds, Zanellato (left) is a polished route runner who uses his size and body control to win jump balls. While he doesn't figure to wiggle past DB's with top-shelf speed, Zanellato has been clocked at under 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

WHO'S MISSING:
No one.
TWO DEEP POTENTIAL
Bill Belton, WR; Sam Ficken, K; Angelo Mangiro, OG

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