Tanner Hartman, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Home/HS: Lynchburg, VA/Liberty Christian Academy
Weight: 255 lbs
Starz 'n Sheetz
Stars: 3* 247Sports, 2* Rivals & ESPN
Offer Sheet: Maryland, Temple, Liberty, Richmond
Sorry folks, no videos on the Internets...yet.
Originally a Maryland commit, Hartman received an offer from Penn State about a week ago, with Larry Johnson leading the way in his recruitment. According to Lions247 ($), Penn State was the school he originally wanted to go to after camping there back in June. However, with the commitment of Dorian Johnson at the time, the staff had no room to offer Hartman and in mid-July, he verballed to the Terps. Obviously, you don't need me to repeat the entire story with the Newt Gingrich look-alike's sanctions and Dorian's subsequent de-commitment, but that paved the way for the Penn State staff to offer Hartman.
According to fellow SBN Maryland blog Testudo Times, Hartman runs a sub-5.0 40 and was projected to play on either side of the line. However, the link above to the Lions247 story suggests that he was being strictly recruited by Penn State as an offensive lineman. Unfortunately, since there is no video or detailed scouting reports listed for him as of the time this is being written, it's hard to make a projection. He certainly would need some bulking up if he's going to be a serious contributor at offensive line at the Big Ten level, but that's nothing a little Craig Fitzgerald (POW) magic can't fix.
More importantly, Hartman fills a need for an offensive lineman in the 2013 class, not to mention any commitment from this 2013 class, knowing full well they will still bear the brunt of the sanctions, is a symbolic one and should be embraced.
Welcome to Penn State, Tanner!
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