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National Signing Day 2016: Preferred Walk-On Primer

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Did you know that Penn State flipped a commit from Michigan? It's true! Penn State will bring in four total walk-ons who they believe have a chance to make an impact.

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On National Signing Day, lost in the shuffle of stars and shocks and shady flips, three players (plus a fourth who is already enrolled) will become what Bill O'Brien once referred to as "run-ons." In the sanction era, preferred walk-ons became tremendously important for Penn State due to scholarship restrictions. While that is obviously in the past, the value of these types of contributors to the football program as a whole should not be overlooked. The preferred walk-ons of the 2016 class could each make an early impact for the Nittany Lions.

Welcome to Penn State, Michael Shuster

Schuster

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Vitals

Position Quarterback
High School Camp Hill (Pa.)
Height/Weight 6'2"/180 lbs.
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Commitment Date February 2nd, 2016

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Did you know that Penn State flipped a commit from Michigan? It's true! Shuster was under the Khaki spell in October, but flipped to Penn State yesterday. Shuster, a three-sport letterman, has all sorts of state passing records for Camp Hill, and will look to emulate the success of fellow Penn State pro-style walk-on PA quarterback Matt McGloin.

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Welcome to Penn State, Hunter Kelly

Hunter Kelly

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Vitals

Position Offensive guard
High School Neshaminy (Pa.)
Height/Weight 6'3"/280 lbs.
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Highlights Hudl Page
Commitment Date February 1st, 2016

Storyline

Kelly is a big strong offensive lineman from Bucks County. Penn State, as you may or may not know, has struggled mightily on the offensive line in the post-sanction era. Adding valuable depth in the trenches, a luxury in the O'Brien years that has become a new necessity, Kelly already has a division one build, and gives Penn State assistance at a position of great need.

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Welcome to Penn State, Isaac Lutz

Isaac Lutz

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Vitals

Position Wide Receiver/Cornerback
High School Berks Catholic (Pa.)
Height/Weight 5'11"/180lbs
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Commitment Date February 2nd, 2016

Storyline

Wide Receiver is probably Penn State's deepest position, but the Nittany Lions certainly need some help at defensive back. Plus, you can never have too many guys who can run a 4.5 40 at 18. That's Lutz for you, a do-everything two-way player for District 3-AA champions Berks Catholic. He had four touchdowns from both sides of the ball in the title game for the Saints, per the Reading Eagle. Hopefully he can pull off that kind of magic in Beaver Stadium one day.

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Welcome to Penn State, Jason Vranic

Jason Vranic

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Vitals

Position Linebacker
Junior College Erie Community College
Height/Weight 6'0"/230 lbs.
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Highlights Hudl Page
Commitment Date February 2nd, 2016

Storyline

A 2014 Junior College All-American honorable mention, Vranic has already enrolled for this spring semester. Penn State is lacking depth at the position, and the Buffalo-born linebacker seems more than up to the challenge. He'll be experienced after transferring from Erie Community College, and could see time on special teams. His highlight video below is pretty promising. (And look at that hair! -NP)

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Welcome to the family, Michael, Hunter, Isaac, and Jason!