Tanner Hartman’s journey that brought him to Happy Valley is one that immediately endears him to myself. Always high on Penn State, Hartman had initially committed to the University of Maryland over the summer of 2012 when it seemed unlikely that his favorite Nittany Lions would not offer. After the announcement of the sanctions, and the subsequent decommitment of Dorian Johnson, the staff quickly offered Tanner, and he quickly spurned the Terps for the Lions.
His decision to leave UMD for PSU is hardly it though. For one, Hartman has the type of build (6’4″, 255 lbs.) that makes you think if Coach Fitz has his way, he can turn him into a big, athletic lineman. I am always intrigued by smaller (relatively speaking, of course) lineman like him, as they’ve learned to use technique and strength, rather than rely purely on their size to dominate at the high school level. Too often, those linemen arrive in college, and suddenly, are the same size as the guys across from them. Players like Hartman, in time, can be better long term players.
I would be shocked to see Hartman this fall, as a year to add size under Fitz will be huge down the road. But down the road, I expect Tanner to make a big impact.
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