Penn State willing to give chance to PA recruits
STATE COLLEGE – Call it what you want. Be it the result of NCAA sanctions, a change in attitude about freshmen that fans aren’t used to or a fresh outlook on the way players make their way to the field but one thing was made crystal clear during the first press conference before spring practice began: Any recruit that commits to Penn State has a chance to play immediately. “At the end of the day we’re going to put our best players on the field” Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien said about position battles. “Whether he’s a freshman run-on or a scholarship senior, if he practices hard and wins that position it’s his to lose.”
O’Brien has already shown he’s going to rely heavily on his “run-on” program, recruiting all over Pennsylvania to bring in the best talent he can and give them a chance to earn a scholarship down the road. We are all familiar with the story of Matt McGloin. And Selinsgrove’s Ryan Keiser has already done the same. “Ryan came here and showed us he wants to and can play, so we rewarded him with the scholarship. Matt Lehman is another great example of that. Derek Day, you know, those guys are great examples of guys that. Derek Day played a prominent role, also. Those guys are great examples of guys that are run-ons. And hopefully, especially in the state of Pennsylvania, high school players in the state of Pennsylvania can really look at that and say, ‘Here’s a place that I’ve grown up loving and I’ve always wanted to play at, and here’s my opportunity to go play and potentially earn a scholarship.”
The recruiting staff has reached out to all corners of the state this year bringing in guys like RB Cole Chiappialle of Blackhawk, RB Brian Tomasetti of Old Forge, RB Von Walker of Central Mountain, LB Kyle Searfoss of Red Land and LB Brandon Smith from Lewisburg. Most of these guys had offers from smaller schools but opted to take their chance at Penn State.
So hear this Pennsylvania high school juniors and seniors, because you haven’t gotten a scholarship offer doesn’t mean you can’t play college football for a D1 team. Penn State is looking for you and they’ll give you a chance. All you have to do is work hard, play hard and be a team player.
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