West Virginia recruits against Penn State’s lack of 1st-round draft picks; Bill O’Brien gets his quarterback, and more
Today’s Penn State football news headlines feature a West Virginia recruiting graphic that made waves in the Mid-Atlantic and the hopeful end of former coach Bill O’Brien’s long journey to find his quarterback with the Houston Texans.
West Virginia fired a shot in the direction of rivals from neighboring states about the program’s success in the NFL draft in the past five seasons. That number compares favorably to Virginia Tech (two), Pittsburgh (one), Maryland (none) and Penn State (none), though it might lack context when it comes to the Nittany Lions. The dynamic also figures to change, starting with Saquon Barkley in 2018.
Facts #MountaineerMade pic.twitter.com/jSg90XtWeB
— WVU FB Recruiting (@WVUFBRecruiting) April 27, 2017
O’Brien and the Texans pulled the trigger on a first-round trade at the 2017 NFL draft, moving up to the No. 12 slot to pick Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. Houston has struggled through poor quarterback play during O’Brien’s three-year tenure, but has still posted winning records in each of those seasons and made the playoffs in the past two.
In other Penn State football news, Andrew Callahan of Lions 247 looks at five players whose stock rose this spring. ESPN’s Brian Bennett picks out the best NFL prospect from every top-25 team, and Blue-White Illustrated’s Nate Bauer calls Koa Farmer’s spring breakout a natural progression.
PennLive’s Bob Flounders, Greg Pickel and Dustin Hockensmith also talk Penn State football on the Keystone Sports Network. Check out audio from their latest podcast below.
Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup: