The importance of national recruiting class rankings can often be wildly overstated in an age that includes endless high school prospect combines and exhaustive scouting reports on scores of prep players.
But at Penn State, where the 2013 recruiting class will be banned from postseason competition for its first three years on campus, the program's No. 35 ranking nationally and No.
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Paul Chryst sat at a table in Greensboro, North Carolina, answering questions from the media. The third-year Pitt head coach was certainly anxious to wrap up the interview session and catch his plane back to Pittsburgh, but he was also at ease.
McKeesport rode junior running back Khaleke "Hit Man" Hudson to a romp over visiting Connellsville, as the 6-foot-0, 210-pounder rumbled for 340 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 36-7 rout.
When Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis June 10, he made an immediate impact, going on a 14-game hitting streak and adding a consistent bat at the top of the lineup.