Monday, February 11, 2013
Run-ons overview: Offense
By Josh Moyer
Here's a list -- complete with film and notes -- on Penn State's offensive run-ons.
QB Austin Whipple, Salisbury (Conn.) School 6-foot-2, 200 pounds (early enrollee) Highlights He's an early enrollee whose father is the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. He's played at several different high schools and went the postgraduate route, so he's accustomed to learning new offenses quickly.
QB DJ Crook, Worcester (Mass.) Academy 6-foot-2, 205 pounds (early enrollee) Highlights He's a quality backup prospect who didn't grab on to another FBS program due, in part, to some bad luck. He was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Combine as a junior but came down with mono after his hotel room was booked. He also dislocated his thumb toward the end of his senior season when several schools were intent on offering.
QB Jack Seymour, Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor 6-foot-3, 205 pounds Highlights Seymour is the headliner of this run-on class. He turned down scholarship offers from several MAC schools, such as Ball State and Western Michigan, and opted to instead play at PSU as a non-scholarship athlete. He flew a bit under the radar because he played on a bad team, and he has a lot going for him. Could wind up being the No. 2 in future years.
RB Brian Tomasetti, Old Froge (Pa.) 6-foot-1, 175 pounds Highlights Rutgers and Delaware offered him walk-on invitations, and he received several Div. II offers. He grew up as a Penn State fan, and the staff told him they appreciated his toughness. He said choosing PSU was a pretty easy decision.
RB Cole Chiappialle, Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk 5-foot-11, 200 pounds Highlights Interest from other schools was limited, as he thought a few months ago he'd probably play for a Division II school -- maybe, at best, FCS program Robert Morris. His best game came Oct. 21 when he ran for 404 yards, and he believed his good vision helped overcome the fact he's not the fastest on the field. He rushed for 1,504 yards this past season and also caught 49 passes for 523 yards.
RB Adam Geiger, Camp Hill (Pa.) Trinity 5-foot-11, 192 pounds Highlights PSU currently wants him at running back, but he's told that could change. He played linebacker, both safety spots, defensive end -- and even some DT in high school. He acknowledged he's too small for a spot along the defensive front-seven, so he'll likely be at safety if tailback doesn't work out. He runs in the 4.5s.
SB Von Walker, Mills Hall (Pa.) Central Mountain 6-foot, 195 pounds Highlights Walker played quarterback in high school, but even he acknowledged he was basically a tailback plugged in at signal-caller. He's a good athlete, runs in the 4.5s, and Penn State would ideally like to see him play a role similar to Alex Kenney. He's very versatile, though, and has played QB, RB, FB, FS and LB throughout his high school career.
WR Gregg Garrity Jr., Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny 5-foot-10, 143 pounds Highlights Like his father, one of PSU's most-renowned walk-ons, he's coming into Penn State with a chip on his shoulder. Garrity is a strong possession receiver, but few schools showed interest because of his size. He's very similar to where Jordan Norwood was as a high school senior, and he felt like he was a priority for Penn State. Definitely a sleeper prospect.
WR Chris Geiss, Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley 6-foot-3, 190 pounds Highlights Geiss met Joe Paterno when he was in grade school, and the old ball coach told him he'd be playing football up at PSU one day. He was right. He had some financial help from FCS schools like Villanova and James Madison but went with PSU. He thinks he's probably going to play wideout but said PSU might plug him in elsewhere. Played QB in high school.
OL Tom Devenney, Lititz (Pa.) Warwick 6-foot-2, 285 pounds Highlights He was heavily considering Princeton but couldn't pass up an opportunity at Penn State. He's projected to play guard, and he missed some recruiting looks because he played on a not-so-good team. He really enjoyed PSU's Run-On Day and was caught off-guard when Bill Kavanaugh recognized him -- from the back of his head.
OL Austin Fiedler, Turbotville (Pa.) Warrior Run 6-foot-6, 296 pounds Highlights He told Mac McWhorter over the summer that he wanted to go to PSU; that was his lifelong dream. McWhorter remained in contact, and Fiedler immediately jumped at the walk-on opportunity. He said he's most looking forward to working with Craig Fitzgerald right now.
OL Evan Galimberti, State College (Pa.) 6-foot-5, 250 pounds Highlights He's hoping to gain 20-25 pounds before he gets to Penn State, and he could play anywhere along the offensive line. PSU said it wanted to see what he could do on the field first before plugging him in at tackle, guard or center. He was one of the first to commit as a run-on.
OL Andrew Terlingo, Center Valley (Pa.) Southern Lehigh 6-foot-5, 290 pounds Highlights He was on Penn State's radar even before Bill O'Brien became the head coach. He visited several games in 2011 and attended Penn State's junior day last season. He accepted an invitation to walk-on less than a week ago. He did receive some preliminary interest from several FBS programs but didn't receive any offers. Could also play DT.