[ESPN]New Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has talked about casting a wider net in recruiting, and he and his staff are starting to deliver.
Penn State’s recruiting drought in the Sunshine State ended Monday as the team received a verbal commitment from defensive back prospect Neiko Robinson, a product of Northview High School in Bratt, Fla., located in the northwest corner of the state. According to Fightonstate.com, if Robinson signs with Penn State in February as expected, he’ll be the first Florida native to join the Nittany Lions since offensive lineman John Wilson, a Daytona Beach product, in 2001.
New Lions defensive coordinator Ted Roof, a Georgia native who has spent much of his coaching career in the southeast, was Robinson’s primary recruiter. Robinson committed to Penn State without even visiting the school.
I feel like I’m falling more and more in love with this coaching staff every day. 11 years without a recruit from one of the nation’s best high school football states is unthinkable for a school like ours though. Props to B.O.B. and the staff.
PS – He committed to Penn State without even visiting? Can you imagine how hype he’s going to be when he sees the things that actually happen in the Valley? Good choice, Neiko.