Let the Great Penn State Player Poach Begin!
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien said today that every single player on the Nittany Lions has been recruited by other teams' coaches, with some players already receiving up to 50 scholarship offers. That's not a typo.
Opposing coaches have taken advantage of both the unprecedented sanctions levied against the school and the stipulation that Penn State players be allowed to transfer without sitting out a year. It's created a “recruiting frenzy,” according to ESPN's Joe Schad, with coaches creatively trying to nab running back Silas Redd and other stars.
In the 48 hours since the NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions against the program, an extraordinary recruiting frenzy has played out on Penn State's campus, where players are working out. At noon Wednesday, several groups of coaches from opposing teams were waiting in the Lasch Football Building parking lot to recruit Penn State players.
“Our players are in our building right now and they don't want to leave the building because there are coaches from other schools in the parking lot waiting to see them,” said O'Brien, who spent the morning at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., campus.
All the coaches have to do to start recruiting is email or fax their intentions. Can you imagine a nice elderly secretary at the football office's fax machine today? She's probably seconds away from pulling an “Office Space” on it by now.