Continuing in our series, Lions247 takes look at the Class of 2006 prospects Penn State extended offers to, where those prospects wound up, what sort of imprints they left on the Penn State program or other programs and where they are now.
Johnnie Troutman and Eric Latimore were the last members of the Class of 2006 at Penn State.
The 2006 class was probably the most celebrated incoming class in the last decade at Penn State. With the Nittany Lions coming off of an Orange Bowl win and an 11-win season, Penn State cashed in with a Top 10 class, which featured both future NFL draft picks and monumental busts alike.
Total offers: 61
Total commitments: 23
NFL Draft picks: Jared Odrick (2010/1), Aaron Maybin (2009/1), Phil Taylor (2011/1), Navorro Bowman (2010/3), Andrew Quarless (2010/5), Evan Royster (2011/6), Johnnie Troutman (2012/5), Sam Young (2010/6), Myron Rolle (2010/6), Demarco Murray (2011/3), Brandon Graham (2010/1), Ben Tate (2010/2), Dorin Dickerson (2010/7), Thaddeus Gibson (2010/4), Dedrick Epps (2010/7), Da'Rel Scott (2011/7)
Prospects who signed with Penn State
A.J. Wallace, CB -- Had success as a return man and was a solid corner but rarely played up to his five-star billing. Had a brief preseason stint with the Dolphins after going undrafted in 2010, then played with the Georgia Force of the AFL before joining the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL in Jan. 2011.
Jared Odrick, DL -- Made immediate impact as a freshman and developed into one of the country's most dominant college players, earning conference defensive player of the year honors as a senior. A late first-round pick of the Dolphins in 2010, he's made strides in each of his first two seasons in the NFL despite injuries.
Maurice Evans, DL -- Made 12 1/2 sacks as a sophomore in 2007 and seemed poised for bigger things, but off-field troubles (marijuana possession) cost him valuable playing time in 2008 and, likely, a selection in the following spring's draft. He spent time with the Giants, Buccaneers, Panthers and Bears but never contributed. He joined the BC Lions of the CFL in May.
Antonio Logan-El, OL -- One of the poster children for extravagant signing-day ceremonies, Logan-El never realized his potential. Weight issues and family issues led him to transfer to Towson after his redshirt freshman season. He left that program the following season after playing in just eight games.
Pat Devlin, QB -- Few players who saw so little game action have generated as much discussion. The highly sought prospect lost the battle for the starting job to Daryll Clark in 2008, then transferred to Delaware, where he threw for more than 5,400 yards and 42 touchdowns in two seasons. Undrafted, he spent most of last season with the Dolphins' practice squad.
Aaron Maybin, DE -- Undersized end parlayed one of the best seasons ever by a Penn State lineman (12 sacks, 20 TFL) into a first-round draft selection and a big paycheck from the Bills. After two disappointing seasons in Buffalo, Maybin was cut and joined the Jets last year and led the team with six sacks.
Tom McEowen, DL -- Injuries (shoulder, ACL) threw off his career during his first two seasons, and he left the squad prior to his final season of eligibility in 2010.
Phil Taylor, DL -- After his involvement in two separate off-field incidents, Taylor was removed from the team before the 2008 season and transferred to Baylor, where he blossomed into a first-round draft choice. He made 59 tackles as a rookie with the Browns last season but tore a pectoral muscle lifting weights during the spring.
Chris Bell, WR -- Removed from the team in the spring of 2008 after police charged him with pulling a knife on a former teammate, Bell transferred to Norfolk State and had nearly 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns in his final season. It was not enough to get him drafted, though. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Saints but never caught on.
Navorro Bowman, LB -- Given a second chance by the coaching staff and a local judge following legal issues, Bowman made the most of it, earning first-team all-Big Ten honors in 2008 and 2009. A third-round pick after leaving school a year early, he became a full-time starter with the 49ers last year and is becoming one of the league's top linebackers. He was first team All-Pro in 2011.
Andrew Quarless, TE -- Another player who spent much of his early career in Joe Paterno's doghouse, Quarless got out of it in time to have a strong senior season, then become a fifth-round draft choice by the Packers. A nasty knee injury ended his 2011 season before the playoffs and could sideline him for much of 2012. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Pack in 2011.
Lou Eliades, OL -- Developed into a reliable starter as a junior and was on pace to reprise that role until a torn ACL ended his college career early in 2010. He signed a free-agent deal with the Raiders last season but was waived in late September.
Bani Gbadyu, LB -- Dynamic athlete who learned from veterans like Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor and Sean Lee but never quite reached their level. Signed with the Raiders as a UFA in 2011 and is currently working and coaching high school football in Lancaster, Pa.
Brent Carter, RB -- A backup running back behind Evan Royster, Carter had serious knee injuries in two seasons and left the team one season early after earning his degree.
Brett Brackett, QB/WR -- After transitioning from quarterback, developed into a big and reliable target and one of the team's most respected leaders. Caught on with the Dolphins, Jaguars and Eagles after going undrafted in 2011.
Evan Royster, RB -- Got valuable time as a redshirt freshman then slowly worked his way up the charts to become the school's all-time leading rusher. A sixth-round draft choice by the Redskins in 2011, Royster ran for 328 yards as a rookie.
Johnnie Troutman, OL -- Not always light enough for his coach's liking, Troutman was a powerful player who started 32 games for Penn State. The Chargers made him a fifth-round draft choice this spring but it's unlikely he'll play much this season while recovering from injuries.
Eric Latimore, DE -- Impressive size, underwhelming stats who was a key part of the line rotation for two seasons. Joined the Vikings as an undrafted free agent this spring.
Abe Koroma, DL -- Left the team before the 2009 season after disciplinary troubles and transferred to Western Illinois. Was not selected in the draft.
Travis McBride, RB -- Redshirted as a freshman and was off the team by the time the 2007 season began due to academic reasons. Transferred to California University of Pennsylvania.
Ollie Ogbu, DT -- Relatively low-rated prospect who became one of team's most consistent and productive players. Undrafted in 2011, he joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent and spent the season on the practice squad.
Doug Klopacz, OL -- A reserve for his first three seasons, Klopacz assumed the starting center position as a senior in 2010 and played solidly.
Cedric Jeffries, WR -- Career backup as a safety who transferred to Division II West Chester for his final season.
Prospects who committed/played elsewhere
Sam Young, OL (Notre Dame) -- Wasted little time getting involved in South Bend, notching 50 consecutive starts. Strong but rarely dominant, he was a sixth-round draft choice by the Cowboys in 2010 but waived in Sept. 2011. Saw action in four games last season for the Bills, who claimed him off waivers.
Myron Rolle, DB (Florida State) -- The ultimate student-athlete was a freshman All-America and three-year star at safety for Florida State, earning a Rhodes scholarship in the process, then took a year off from football to study medical anthropology at Oxford. The Titans took him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft and released him a year later. He signed with the Steelers in January.
Vidal Hazelton, WR (USC) -- Had a terrific sophomore season (50 catches) with the Trojans but hurt his ankle the following season. When his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, Hazelton opted to transfer to Cincinnati to be closer to home. Undrafted in 2011, he spent the summer with the Chargers but was waived, then signed with the Bengals practice squad in December.
Demarco Murray, RB (Oklahoma) -- Became the Sooners' career touchdown leader with 65 and also ran for more than 3,600 yards. A third-round draft choice by the Cowboys in 2011, Murray burst onto the scene with an incredible 253-yard performance against St. Louis and enters 2012 as one of the league's most dynamic backs.
Brandon Graham, LB/DE (Michigan) -- All-American and Big Ten co-MVP in 2009, Graham was a first-round pick by the Eagles in 2010. Had a quiet rookie season before tearing an ACL, an injury that sidelined him for most of 2011.
Darrin Walls, DB (Notre Dame) -- Steady contributor for the Irish who started in parts of three different seasons, went undrafted in 2011, then signed a free-agent deal with the Falcons.
Daniel Wenger, OL (Notre Dame/Florida) -- Had an injury-plagued career in South Bend, then transferred to Florida, where he was granted a sixth year of eligibility after suffering two concussions in 2010. Started 11 games for Gators last year and earned a mini-camp invite with the Jets.
Jeremiha Hunter, LB (Iowa) -- Three-year starter and consistent producer in Iowa City. Went undrafted in 2011 and signed a free-agent deal with Saints, who waived him this past spring.
Ben Tate, RB (Auburn) -- Finished fifth on Auburn's career rushing list after 1,300-yard senior season and was a second-round pick by the Texans in the 2010 draft. Missed his rookie year with an injury but ran for nearly 1,000 yards as the backup to Arian Foster and part-time starter last year.
Adam Patterson, DL (Michigan) -- Was a career reserve in Ann Arbor, playing in 38 games but starting just one and finishing his career with 24 tackles.
Dorin Dickerson, WR (Pittsburgh) -- Moved from wideout to tight end as a junior and blossomed the following season, grabbing 45 passes and 10 touchdowns. The Texans took him in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. After brief stints with the Patriots and Steelers, he signed with the Bills this spring.
Zach Frazier, QB (Notre Dame/Connecticut) -- Transferred to UConn following his redshirt freshman season. Put up decent numbers while battling various injuries. Undrafted, he's currently in Denmark with the Triangle Razorbacks.
Thaddeus Gibson, LB/DE (Ohio State) -- Second-team all-conference player as a junior in 2009 after racking up 13 tackles for loss. Passed up his senior season for the NFL draft and was a fourth-round pick by the Steelers. Already been part of five teams in under two years. Currently with the Bears.
Dedrick Epps, TE (Miami, Fla.) -- Two-year starter with the Hurricanes who was a seventh-round pick by the Chargers in 2010. Also spent time on the practice squads of the Dolphins, Colts and Jets.
Pha' Terrell Washington, DB (Maryland) -- Was removed from the team in the spring of 2008 after becoming academically ineligible. Did not play a down for the Terps.
Lance Smith, RB (Wisconsin/Memphis) -- Pled guilty to charges of battery and disorderly conduct in 2007, then was dismissed from the team the following summer after being expelled from the first-offenders program. Resurfaced at Memphis in 2009 but was dismissed from the team a year later.
Jason Kates, DL (Michigan) -- Left the team near the end of the 2008 season after struggling with weight issues.
Aaron Berry, DB (Pittsburgh) -- All-conference corner for the Panthers who signed with the Lions as an undrafted rookie in 2010. Missed all but one game with a shoulder injury in his first season but played well in the nickel last year. Made headlines with a DUI arrest this spring.
Aaron Smith, DB (Pittsburgh) -- Re-enrolled at Pitt in Jan. 2007 after injuring his shoulder the previous preseason. Became the team's top punt returner but missed his final season with an undisclosed injury.
Elijah Fields, DB (Pittsburgh) -- Played safety and linebacker for Pitt but had frequent discipline problems, including those that led to his dismissal from the team before the 2010 season.
Da'Rel Scott, RB (Maryland) -- Was second in the ACC in rushing as a sophomore in 2008 and finished his career second in Terps history in yards per carry. The Giants took him in the seventh round of the 2011 draft and he picked up a Super Bowl ring last year as a deep reserve.
Drew Gloster, WR/DB (Maryland) -- Had moderate success as a tight end, then a linebacker, then moved to defensive end and became a starter his senior season. Had a brief stint last season with the Columbus Lions of the PIFL.
John Maddox, DB (West Virginia) -- Redshirted his freshman season in 2006 then left the team, winding up at Central Michigan and eventually West Virginia Wesleyan, where he was an all-conference safety.
George Johnson, LB (Rutgers) -- Solid player who moved to defensive end and finished his college career with 12 1/2 sacks. Joined the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2010 and reunited with former coach Greg Schiano, who took the Tampa Bay job during the offseason.
Zach Luckett, WR/DB (Virginia Tech) -- Showed promise on both sides of the ball early in his career but couldn't stay out of trouble, receiving two DUI charges and then driving with a suspended license. He was suspended for the 2008 season then had his 2009 season cut short by an injury.
Colin Neely, LB (Michigan State) -- Started 24 of final 25 games at defensive end for Spartans and had 10 tackles for loss his senior season.
Leonard Gordon, DB (Notre Dame) -- Career backup at corner and safety who saw most of his playing time on special teams.
Brad Kanuch, DB (Connecticut) -- Started for much of his true freshman season and caught 40 passes his first two years. Injuries slowed his production as a junior before he rebounded with a solid senior season.
Jovani Chappel, DB (Pittsburgh) -- Multi-year starter at corner for the Panthers who went undrafted in 2010.
John Ferrera, DL (Michigan) -- Played in 43 games, most of them as an offensive lineman but made only six career starts.
Parker Cantey, LB (Syracuse) -- One of several Orange players who transferred after Doug Marrone took over in 2009
Greg Robinson, LB (Connecticut) -- Had just 11 tackles in three seasons, playing mostly on special teams and as a reserve. Did not play his final season.
Byron Isom, DL (Auburn) -- Three-year starter along the offensive line helped Tigers to the national championship in 2010. Signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
JoJo Cox, RB (Clemson) -- Big recruit for Clemson failed to meet freshman eligibility requirements in 2006 and wound up at Marshall. Never made it onto the field.
Brandon James, WR (Florida) -- Four-year return specialist for the Gators who signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He was released later in the season and spent part of 2011 with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.
Warren Wilson, WR (Boston College) -- Saw action in just three games with the Eagles before transferring to UMass, where he switched to defensive back, in 2008.
Jack Corcoran, LB (Rutgers) -- A three-year starter at fullback for the Scarlet Knights broke into the league as an undrafted free agent to the Texans in 2010. He spent time with the Titans as well before signing a three-year contract with the 49ers.
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