Penn State Recruiting: Breaking Down the 2013 “Run-Ons”

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DEFENSE

LB Brandon Smith (PA)
6’1″ 215
Brandon is a very intriguing prospect. A tackling machine who also wrestles and was a state qualifier in the javelin and 300 meter hurdles, the Lewisburg native could play inside or outside linebacker in college.  Smith seems like one of those kids who is just good at gym class. He is truly a jack of all trades and could be a versatile piece for Ron Vanderlinden.

LB Kyle Searfoss (PA)
6’2″ 225 lbs.
Not quite as athletic as Smith, Searfoss is a bit bigger and reads plays better. He’ll likely grow into a middle linebacker soon and the depth chart on the inside isn’t particularly deep.

LB Carter Henderson (PA)
6′ 215 lbs.
Another middle linebacker type, Carter turned down some small school offers to run on at Penn State. Any time I see that, it catches my attention. When a kid turns down a free ride to pay his way at Penn State, it’s either because he thinks he’s good enough, he loves Penn State, or both. Whatever the reason, PSU fans should love it.

DB Tom Pancoast (PA)
6’4″ 195 lbs.
Pancoast played primarily QB last year but had 5 interceptions in 7 games at safety, where he will likely play at Penn State. He’ll have to add weight and even then, he’ll be a tall safety. I’m not sure what will happen here, to be honest but in the near future he has the skills to play a mobile quarterback on the practice squad when the team is preparing for certain matchups.

DB Dad Poquie (PA)
5’10″ 175 lbs.
I love how physical Dad plays and if his measurables are accurate, John Butler may have found a gem for his defensive backfield. Also, his name is Dad, which is cool.

DB Chris Geiss (PA)
6’2″ 190 lbs.
Another former dual-threat QB, Geiss could turn into a wide receiver or a defensive back.

ATH Brian Tomasetti (PA)
6’1″ 175 lbs.
Rushed for 1840 yards and 31 touchdowns while adding 9 interceptions and 3 touchdowns on defense, Tomasetti was named first team All-State as well as the NortheastPAFootball.com’s defensive player of the year. He’s another guy who could contribute in many ways while at Penn State.

P/K Chris Gulla (NJ)
6’1″ 190 lbs.
Penn State fans hope that Sam Ficken has figured it out and Gulla won’t be needed this year…but then there’s the matter of Alex Butterworth as well. Gulla kicked a game winning 45 yard field goal in October and was 31-31 on PATs his junior year. Nothing wrong with a little insurance.

OTHERS

LS Sean Corcoran (IL)

OL Tom Devenney (PA)

OL Austin Fiedler (PA)

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  • AP

    I agree. Anytime I hear about a kid turning down a free ride anywhere to run-on, I get excited about that kid. I have a feeling we’ll be talking very highly about a few of these kids in a few years.