College Football: Penn State Making All of the Right Changes

The Penn State Nittany Lions are one of the most prestigious college football programs in the history of the sport. They have a long rich tradition of winning football and hall of fame players that have went on to succeed in the National Football League. They have also had their share of problems.

In recent years, the Lions have become better associated with an ugly scandal than winning football. All though they are more than a season removed from the controversy they are still feeling the effects as players, and more importantly recruits have left the team. With all of that in their rear view mirror, the future actually looks bright for the Lions.

It all started with the hiring of a new coach in James Franklin. Franklin is a charismatic coach that is known for his great coaching style and his ability to recruit. That is already paying off for the Lions. Soon after Under Armour All-American offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins announced for Penn State, ESPN 300 quarterback Brandon Wimbush has also joined the Nittany Lions’ class. Wimbush is a blend of arm talent and athleticism. He has the appearance of the dual threat, which he certainly is, but he is clearly a passer first and runner second. He displays an extremely competitive temperament for the position which we feel is a key ingredient to success. Wimbish possesses the skill set to build an offense around not only in the passing game, but the running game as well. He is more than capable of being a runner, but he doesn’t need to be the runner. For such a good athlete he is never too quick to run. He is dramatically different than current Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg. Wimbush’s athleticism changes the dynamic of the offense for the Nittany Lions. This is a pro-style multiple scheme offense — with some spread elements — with a pure passer at the helm in Hackenberg. This is a big steal for the Lions and is one example of how good this team can be in the future.

A few years ago the Lions would have had problems getting anyone to take the field, never mind a top QB prospect. The Lions are flying under the radar with their recruiting. Penn State currently sits with the No. 4-ranked class in the rankings going of the 2015 season. Now, with the addition of Wimbush and Jenkins, the Nittany Lions will be carrying some serious momentum into the summer and fall when their coaches come off the road. They are already up to 15 commits and over half reside in the ESPN 300. That is amazing considering where this team was just a few years ago. The future is now for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Cole Ryan

Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.