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2009 Recruiting - Running Backs

Yesterday we looked at our needs at quarterback for the class of 2009. So today we’ll stay in the offensive backfield and look at our needs at running back. Here is how the projected depth chart looks for 2008.

Running Back Class
1. Evan Royster So
2. Stephfon Green rFr
3. Brent Carter So
4. Brandon Beachum Fr
5. Joe Suhey rFr
6. Kevin Hahn So
6. Larry Federoff Jr
Dan Lawlor (FB) Sr

Despite missing out on Broderick Green and Michael Shaw the last two years we have a lot of bodies at running back. The problem is that only Royster, Green, Beachum, and maybe Carter are realistic Div I-A tailbacks. The good news is all of these guys have at least three years of eligibility left. Federoff and Hahn are walk ons and Suhey, while a scholarship player, is on the team mostly because of his last name.

We’re really young at running back but our depth isn’t great. So I’m projecting with an abundance of scholarships to hand out this year we’ll try to bring in at least two blue chip running backs. Here are the early targets Penn State is going after.

So for review, as I go through each position you’ll see this table at the end tabulating the number of scholarships I expect to be handed out at each position.

Projected 2009 Scholarship Allocation
Top Running Back Prospects for 2009
Name Hometown Size Junior Stats
Tavon Austin Dunbar, MD 5-8, 165 2500 yds, 40 TD
Jordan Hall Jeannette, PA 5-9, 185, 4.5 891 yds, 20 TD
Mike Marrow New Albany, OH 6-2, 240, 4.7 810 yds, 10 TD
Darrell Mason Youngstown, OH 6-0, 209, 4.5 1200 yds, 21 TD
Brandon Wegher Sioux City, IA 5-11, 187, 4.43 2334 yds, 34 TD
Jeremiah Young Steelton, PA 5-10, 175 3344 yds, 37 TD
Position Projected Scholarships
Quarterbacks 2
Running Backs 2
Total 4