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Adrian Amos Commits to Penn State

Submitted by on February 2, 20113 Comments

Who said signing day would be boring for Penn State fans?

Sure, this year’s crop of recruits seemed to decide early–both for and against Penn State–leaving Joe Paterno and his staff without much to do in the final days of the season. There was no Terrelle Pryor, no Jelani Jenkins, no uncommitted 5-star at least publicly considering the Blue and White. And all 15 verbals faxed in their LOIs, in a timely and orderly fashion.

But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t have any excitement, as Adrian Amos will trade one shade of blue and white in for another.

Penn State didn’t have a particularly long time to earn the commitment of Adrian Amos. The Maryland native had announced that he would be playing for UConn early in his senior season, and it wasn’t until Randy Edsall’s departure for, ironically enough, Maryland, that his commitment started to waver. The coaching staff didn’t have more than a month to get Amos on board, but they certainly acted fast, and Connecticut’s loss will be Penn State’s gain. Just minutes ago Sean Fitz of Lions 247 reported that Amos would be a Nittany Lion in 2011, beating out West Virginia, Vanderbilt, and UConn for his services.

He’s rated as a 3-star prospect by pretty much every recruiting service–Rivals, Scout, ESPN, and even 247 Sports. But don’t let the recruiting rankings fool you; Adrian Amos is a player. A first-team all-state player, and standout in the Crab Bowl, Amos racked up 78 tackles last year, to go along with 4 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. A true safety, Amos is simultaneously a ball hawk and a heavy hitter, combining solid size–he’s listed at 6’1, 205 pounds–and good speed with nice ball skills. His highlight tape is impressive, and he may be instantly able to step in and improve a very thin Penn State secondary. With D’Anton Lynn, Nick Sukay, and Drew Astorino set to graduate after the 2011 season, and Malcolm Willis the only returnee with any experience at safety, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Amos groomed as the hero from day 1.

This recruiting season, we saw Penn State address two huge areas of need, and that’s reflected in the final commit list. 9 of Penn State’s 16 signees-and most of their highest profile recruits–will play in the trenches, either along the offensive or defensive lines. But that success didn’t carry over to the staff’s other priority–the defensive secondary. Penn State struck out on pretty much everyone they recruited there, from Kyshoen Jarrett to Albert Louis-Jean to Blake Countess. This commitment might not turn too many heads now, but it’s one of the more important ones we’ve received all year.

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