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Penn State Recruiting: Nittany Lions Offer Pair of Running Backs

It appears that one of the positions the Penn State coaching staff is turning their focus to is running back. With no running back in the 2013 class and the looming feeling that Curtis Dukes will not be with the team, the staff appears to be putting in work to lock down a running back in the current cycle.

ESPN‘s Josh Moyer is reporting that Penn State has offered both JuCo running back Aaron Wimberly and Florida recruit Tim Longmire.

Aaron Wimberly, originally from Georgia, currently plays for Iowa Western C.C.; the same school where quarterback Jake Waters plays. Waters was offered a scholarship by the Nittany Lions just a week ago. Wimberly is currently committed to Iowa State, where he plans on visiting November 2. However, he did not hesitate to admit that he plans to visit Penn State now, as well. He is a three star prospect and one of the top JuCo all-purpose backs in the country. Last year he rushed for nearly 900 yards. His senior high school film shows his explosiveness. By his own admission, he didn’t academically qualify out of high school but one would assume that he has gotten his grades in line now, as he has offers from not only Penn State, but also Boise State, FIU and Troy.
Last weekend, Wimberly carried the ball four times for 124 yards, including touchdown runs of 53 and 49 yards. He also returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in a 64-6 romp over North Dakota State College of Science.

Tim Longmire is a 3 star running back prospect from the Tallahassee area. At 5’11″ 195 pounds, he shows enough elusiveness and doesn’t shy away from contact. He averaged 9 yards per carry in limited action last season, scoring 5 touchdowns on 95 carries. Longmire holds offers from South Carolina, USF and Ole Miss but has the Nittany Lions near the top of his list along with Cincinnati. He obviously is not worried about playing far from home and will likely take an official visit to Penn State soon.

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  • Willie Green

    Wimberly is a shrewd recruit along with Waters. It’s reported that they are not only teammates, but also roommates. Although I’m sure they’ll each be evaluating their individual opportunities, it has to be very tempting for both of them to accept Penn State’s offer as a package deal.

    Longmire is a more “normal” Class of ’13 recruit in that he is a graduating HS senior. I’m not sure how many years of eligiblity Juco transfers have, or even if Waters/Wimberly would stay the full 4 years if they were eligible. They are, afterall, two years older and closer to graduation. It’s also reported that Waters is graduating in December, making him available for early enrollment and participation in Winter Fitness & Conditioning and Spring Practice sessions. I’m not sure if the same is true for Wimberly/Longmire.

    • Tim Tolley

      I read that Wimberly has two years of eligibility left. I don’t know how their scholarships affect the limit but anybody who can enroll early this year is an asset.

  • Pric per Head

    Definitely this is a great opportunity for both players. I think we both want to make their own choice and convenience. Wimberly and Longmire deserve to be paid for their skill and hard work. But to do it right

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