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Friday, March 8, 2013
Meet the run-ons: WR Gregg Garrity Jr.

By Josh Moyer

Every weekday, as part of an ongoing series, NittanyNation will take a closer look at a Penn State walk-on.

Vitals: Gregg Garrity Jr., Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny, 5-foot-10, 155 pounds.

Picked Penn State over: Heavy interest from FCS schools Richmond and Bucknell. (Richmond invited him as a walk-on, while Bucknell had him as a Plan-B wideout. When Bucknell's top choice decided to go elsewhere, though, Garrity had already committed to PSU. He said he would've stuck with PSU even if an offer would've come through, however.)

Why he picked PSU: Although his father's a Penn State walk-on legend, Garrity Jr. said his mind wasn't really made up until his "Run-On Day" visit. He found the coaching staff to be friendly and was really impressed by the facilities -- so, he said, his mind was then made up on the car ride back home.

State of the position: There's a lot of quality depth here, so it might be difficult to for a run-on to crack this lineup for a few seasons. Allen Robinson is among the best in the Big Ten, and at least three other players -- Brandon Moseby-Felder, Trevor Williams, Eugene Lewis -- will battle to become the No. 2 WR target this season. This position has more depth than any other one on offense.

Strengths: He shows good quickness and doesn't get jammed easily. He runs crisp routes and, after spending many years playing defensive back, he's developed into a good all-around player. Also shows good hands.

Weaknesses: His size is likely the biggest factor that prevented him from gaining serious interest from FBS schools. During his senior season, he stood at just 143 pounds -- although he said he's added about 12 pounds since December. He also tends to look upfield before catching the ball, which led to a handful of drops this season. He said he knows he has to fix that.

Potential impact: He's a legacy who needs to take a season or two to add some bulk to his frame, but nobody's really counting out Garrity to earn some playing time in the future. He's a possession wideout who doesn't boast the best strength or top-end speed but, then again, neither did Jordan Norwood. He's an under-the-radar player who could press for situational time as a redshirt sophomore or junior.

Quotables: "I just want to prove it to myself and to all these other schools. I love the game, and I'm going to work my butt off to do whatever I can to make it. I'm intent on doing it."

Getting to know Garrity Jr.: Favorite movie is "Warrior" ("I saw it on Netflix, and it was really good."). ... Favorite TV shows are "Family Guy" and "Big Bang Theory." ... Favorite food is the enchiladas his mother makes. ... Favorite musician is Drake. ... Dream vacation spot is South Beach in Miami.