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Ryan Nowicki Commits to Penn State

Submitted by on January 5, 2011No Comment

According to Blue White Illustrated’s Tim Owen, Penn State’s sluggish 2011 recruiting class has gained a little more momentum, as offensive tackle Ryan Nowicki has verbally committed to play for the Nittany Lions. Perhaps it’s poetic justice that in a year in which Penn State has struggled in its traditional recruiting grounds–Pennsylvania and New Jersey–they’ve secured a commitment from a high schooler some 2300 miles away in Arizona.

The 6’5, 275-pound lineman is rated as a 3-star prospect by both and Rivals. The former offers a short scouting report:

Big, strong, well-coached player. Runs well and is able to get to the next level and effectively make blocks. Pulls and traps with authority. Gets after it in the run game, always looking to finish the defender. Tends to play a little high. Has the ability to move inside and play guard.

Though the recruiting services might not be terrible high on Nowicki–Rivals ranks him as the #36 tackle in the country, while Scout slots him in all the way down at #83–Nowicki’s offer sheet is as impressive in its quality as its breadth. While scholarship offers from Arizona and Arizona State were to be expected, more than a dozen programs from USC to Syracuse were also in on Nowicki.  Though he might not be the elite commitment many Penn State fans hoped to receive, he’s certainly a solid prospect. That he managed to amass such a solid profile despite missing time this past year with a broken arm offers further validation.

Lions247 got some choice quotes from Nowicki shortly after his commitment:

“When I went there, I just had a really good experience, I had a gut feeling that I was supposed to be there,” he said. “I liked everything about it. The players were phenomenal, they were great people, the whole town loves them. They had great players, great tradition. I just don’t think you can go wrong with it. I think it’s an amazing place.”

It’s not often that Penn State snags a commitment from an Arizona native, but that’s where Nowicki hails from. Here’s to hoping he gets to come back home to Glendale for a Fiesta Bowl appearance at some point in his Penn State career. It’s a good get for Mike McQueary and Bill Kenney, who handled Nowicki’s recruitment. In a class with just 10 commitments to this point, Nowicki is the 4th offensive lineman, and it’s encouraging to see the staff buckling down to fill a position that’s been a weak spot over the past few years.

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