As I gather from various radio stations and websites, Penn State’s athletic coaches began a nine-day, 18-stop caravan in Philadelphia. Not a bad idea, but here is what burns me. Included on this tour is new football coach Bill O’Brien, as an alum of Rutgers, I am curious as to how WE plan to counter this move. What move? The move signifies an attack on the recruits (in all sports) inside the state of New Jersey. Penn State’s caravan stops in Woodbridge, New Jersey (13 miles from New Brunswick) May 9 for lunch.
This has “The Wire” written all over it. New man in town (Marlo) O’Brien makes a move on certain corners that belonged to Greg Schiano (Avon) once Schiano moved on (like when Avon was in jail).
I could see if Joe Pa and those bland uniforms with no names on the back was still there waving the WE ARE PENN STATE flag, but a newbie stepping in like this is insane. Rutgers Coach Kyle Flood can’t let this happen after all the work (inroads) Schiano (not one of my favorite coaches) put in just to get top New Jersey recruits to consider Rutgers.
Schiano did such a good job that the current (2012) Penn State roster listed only seven players on their roster. Penn State has commitments from three 4-star New Jersey (only 11 in the state) recruits and still in play with seven more for the 2013 season. In total Penn State extended offers to 13 players from New Jersey. Even though Coach Schiano is now in the NFL, these are still OUR corners.
I am watching this as it develops, remembering when Penn State used New Jersey high schools as their minor league circuit and cringing by the day.