KSN Podcast: An interview with 2016 Penn State QB recruit Jake Zembiec

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December 10, 2014

On the same day its 2014 regular season ended, Penn State got a big boost to its recruiting efforts when 2016 quarterback Jake Zembiec gave his verbal commitment to the program. Zembiec, a four-star prospect from Aquinas Institute in Rochester, N.Y., became the third verbal pledge in the Nittany Lions’ class and represented a key cog in the future competition for Christian Hackenberg’ successor. Zembiec checks in at 6-2 and…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with 4-star Penn State OL recruit Steven Gonzalez

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December 9, 2014

Penn State has just one interior lineman in its lauded 2015 recruiting class in Steven Gonzalez, a four-star guard from Union City (N.J.) High School. The 6-3, 305-pound prospect said he is 100 percent committed to the Nittany Lions and doing his part to lure other big-time offensive linemen from both the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes. Gonzalez said James Franklin made all the difference when he gave his verbal…

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KSN Podcast: Recruiting breakdown: How Garrett Taylor can impact the cornerback depth chart

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December 3, 2014

Penn State landed four-star cornerback Garrett Taylor over the weekend, as he committed the day after taking an official visit for the Michigan State game. While still considering LSU, Ohio State and Virginia Tech, Taylor swiftly pledged to James Franklin and gave him a big, versatile cornerback who is both talented and aggressive. Taylor’s winding recruitment ended in Happy Valley after first beginning with a commitment to Brady Hoke and…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting update: Garrett Taylor and Jake Zembiec commitments

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December 3, 2014

Penn State’s recruiting efforts are picking up this week after the team wrapped up its 2014 season with a 34-10 loss to Michigan State. Scholarship offers are being extended, and commits are entering the fold, most recently from four-star cornerback Garrett Taylor and four-star 2016 quarterback Jake Zembiec. Commitments from both players carry extra significance for James Franklin, who got the big cornerback he desires in Taylor and a potential…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting news and notes with Scout.com analyst Brian Dohn

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November 25, 2014

Penn State saw its third de-commitment in the 2015 recruiting cycle last week, this time in four-star defensive tackle Adam McLean. Coach James Franklin is left with no interior defensive linemen in the class with less than 10 weeks before National Signing Day. Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn joined Dustin Hockensmith and Andrew P. Shay on the Keystone Sports Network podcast this week to talk about McLean, Jarvis Miller,…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting: James Franklin’s next moves after Adam McLean de-commits

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November 25, 2014

Penn State is down to just one interior lineman — offensive guard Steven Gonzalez — in its nationally acclaimed 2015 recruiting class, which presents an interesting storyline to watch between now and National Signing Day. James Franklin suffered another setback on the recruiting trail last week when four-star defensive tackle Adam McLean announced his de-commitment from the program. On the heels of McLean’s de-commitment, Franklin extended a scholarship offer to…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State quarterback recruits and the addition of Tommy Stevens

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November 20, 2014

Penn State continues to build depth in key areas as the program recovers from heavy NCAA sanctions that were imposed in 2012 and lifted completely earlier this fall. The offensive line is facing its challenges now, and the same could be said about a young group of receivers that includes talented freshmen Saeed Blacknall, Chris Godwin, DaeSean Hamilton and DeAndre Thompkins. The Nittany Lions’ quarterback depth chart is less ominous…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting update: Breaking down the Nittany Lions’ most important commits

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November 12, 2014

Penn State is starting to create new momentum in its 2015 recruiting class with leads on a number of blue-chip recruits and a recent commitment from three-star quarterback Tommy Stevens. The Nittany Lions have now secured 19 verbal commitments to date and lay claim to a class that ranks No. 9 nationally by Scout.com. Coach James Franklin’s first full class at Penn State is positioned to help in a number…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting updates, impact of Ohio State and Maryland games

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October 28, 2014

Penn State got a jolt of energy to its recruiting efforts last weekend when the Nittany Lions put on a good show in front of a White Out crowd at Beaver Stadium. While Penn State lost to No. 13 Ohio State, 31-24, in two overtimes, coach James Franklin showcased an elite defense and raucous home environment to over 100 blue-chip high school recruits on the sideline. Among them were four-star…

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