"He talked about life after football and about playing before 84,000 people, and playing schools like Notre Dame and Southern California."
Brady; 6-4, 258-pound combination tight end-nose guard Greg Troxell, of Phillipsburg, N.J.; and 6-6, 260-pound center Perry Pritchard, of Twinsburg, Ohio, appear to be the plums among the 16 players the Lions expect to sign.
Another possible plum is quarterback Danny White, of Point Loma High in San Diego, from whom the Lions have a verbal commitment. But after hearing from Stanford in the 11th hour, White apparently wanted to wait until today to
announce his intentions.
"I'm almost positive I'm going to Penn State, but I want to think about it another day," White said yesterday.
White, whose father, Jack, quarterbacked Paterno's first team at Penn State in 1966, passed for 3,126 yards and 24 touchdowns and had only eight interceptions. Out of the picture are Oregon, Washington and San Diego State.
Quarterbacks definitely committing to State are Brian Gelzheiser, of Baldwin (Pa.) High; Kerry Collins, of Wilson in West Lawn; and, surprisingly, John Sacca, of Delran, N.J., younger brother of Penn State sophomore quarterback Tony Sacca.
Locally, Penn State also signed running back-wide receiver Phil Collins, of Cinnaminson, whose older brother, Andre, was an All-America linebacker with the Lions last season. But the Lions did not gain a commitment from anyone
from Philadelphia or District I and, unlike the past, failed to fulfill all their needs or dominate recruiting in the state.
Of the consensus six best Division I prospects in Pennsylvania, Penn State signed only one - Brady.
"Penn State went out to increase the size of their offensive line," said Phil Grosz of Blue White Illustrated, the leading recruiting expert in this part of the country. "They did get Perry Pritchard, who I thought was one of the top five centers in the country, as well as Paul Greeley, a 6-3, 255-pound tackle from Wilkes-Barre Coughlin. They also got a commitment from Kyle Brady, who I feel is the best tight end prospect in the country, as well as Greg Troxell, who played tight end at Phillipsburg but was recruited exclusively as a defensive lineman.
"But they didn't get a running back and did not come up with any speed at the skill positions. And they lost four key recruits when two-way lineman Tim Ruddy went to Notre Dame, running back Jeff Burris (of Rock Hill, N.C.) canceled his visit (and comitted to Notre Dame), wide receiver Dwyane Wiles of Blandenburg, Md., went to Nebraska, and Carl Green, a cornerback from Corpus Christi, Texas, went to UCLA."
PENN STATE FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS
NAME POS. HGT. WGT. HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Kyle Brady TE 6-6 249 Cedar Cliff Camp Hill, Pa.
Brian Gelzheiser QB 6-2 210 Baldwin Baldwin, Pa.
Geoff Kerwin DB 6-0 203 Kearny Kearny, N.J.
Vincent Stewart DT 6-6 285 Longwood Middle Village, N.Y.
Phil Yeboah-Kodie LB 6-3 205 Vanier Coll. Montreal
Derek Bocha RB 6-0 185 Mapletown Greensboro, Pa.
Jeff Perry TE 6-4 228 Kennett Conway, N.H.
Greg Troxell DL 6-4 258 Phillipsburg Phillipsburg, N.J.
Perry Pritchard C 6-6 260 Chamberlain Twinsburg, Ohio
Kerry Collins QB 6-5 220 Wilson West Lawn, Pa.
Danny White QB 6-5 185 Point Loma San Diego
John Sacca QB 6-3 185 Delran Delran, N.J.
Paul Greeley OL 6-3 255 Coughlin Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Phil Collins RB-WR 6-0 185 Cinnaminson Cinnaminson, N.J.
Mike Bass OT 6-5 270 Port Byron Port Byron, N.Y.
Craig Fayak PK 6-2 185 Belle Vernon Belle Vernon, Pa.