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PSU offers juco RB Aaron Wimberly

10/14/2012

Junior college tailback Aaron Wimberly (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western C.C.) will have to do a lot of thinking over the next few weeks.

The Iowa State commit received an offer Sunday from Penn State assistant Charlie Fisher. Wimberly emphasized he remains committed to the Cyclones, but he now wants to take an official visit to Happy Valley.

"Penn State's a great program, a great place to get your degree from," he said. "It has a great environment with football, too. I'm taking an official visit to Iowa State on Nov. 2, but I'm sure I'll take a visit to Penn State."

When asked where his PSU interest fell on a scale of 1-10, Wimberly replied "8 or 9." His roommate, quarterback Jake Waters, earned an offer when Fisher attended Tuesday's practice -- and Fisher told Wimberly then to expect a call Sunday.

Once the two roommates returned home Sunday after watching film, Wimberly's cell phone buzzed. Waters walked into his room to offer Wimberly some privacy, and Fisher followed-up on an earlier Facebook message. The offer became official.

"He told me they have some bruiser backs," Wimberly said, "and he said they want a speed back to get in there."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Wimberly's quickness has frustrated opposing defenses this season. Through six games, Wimberly has 83 carries for 622 yards and six touchdowns. He's averaging 7.5 yards per attempt and returned one kick for 53 yards.

All this recruiting attention didn't form recently, unlike with Waters. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound back earned multiple offers out of Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett, but he didn't qualify because of his grades. He had to turn down offers from Marshall, Minnesota and Troy and enroll in junior college.

He knew the offers would multiply once his grades improved -- and he was right. He currently holds six.

He and Waters likely will make an official visit to Penn State together. Wimberly said the two haven't yet talked about playing for the same school -- but he said they talk about their futures "all the time."

"It makes it tough, you know?" Wimberly said. "But, right now, I'm still committed to Iowa State."