Incoming freshman running back Akeel Lynch gave serious consideration to transferring from Penn State to Big Ten foe Iowa but announced his intentions to stay on Friday night via Twitter.
— Akeel Lynch (@ALynch_22) August 4, 2012
Lynch was originally committed to Boston College last fall but after a visit with Bill O’Brien and his staff this past January, Lynch flipped to Penn State. Before he did that, he took an official visit to Iowa, which went well. Well enough that when sanctions were handed down to Penn State two weeks ago, Lynch considered Iowa once again. The Hawkeyes have little depth at running back and, unlike Penn State, they are bowl-eligible for the next four years. Four years that could encompass his college career.
None of that matters to Lynch as much as sticking it out with his Penn State teammates.
Lynch’s announcement comes at a crucial time. With starting running back Silas Redd recently transferring to USC, Lynch is one of three running backs on the PSU roster who is on scholarship. He will almost certainly see significant snaps this season as a true freshman, along with Curtis Dukes and Bill Belton. As for Iowa? Onward State’s Drew Balis put it well:
Akeel Lynch staying is cool. The fact that he turned down Iowa to do it makes it a little more fun.
— Drew Balis (@drewBbalis) August 4, 2012
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