RB Commit Miles Sanders: ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’
Less than a week after former star running back Akeel Lynch announced he will leave Penn State, a star recruit at the same position reaffirmed his commitment. Pittsburgh native Miles Sanders, rated by some outlets as a four-star and others as a five, tweeted a letter to the Penn State community after a home visit from his future coaching staff.
— Miles Sanders (@BoobieMilesXXIV) January 17, 2016
Sanders’ mom tweeted pictures throughout the visit of the future Nittany Lion and his guests, including new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover – both of whom attended Pittsburgh Central Catholic and combined to throw up “412” to represent Pittsburgh’s area code.
Late evening Penn State invasion @BoobieMiles_4 home. pic.twitter.com/FgH7PunT7E
— MarMar (@Mar71632565) January 17, 2016
Defensive end commit Shane Simmons tweeted his support of Sanders soon after.
Best quote of 2016:
"I'm not going anywhere y'all"
— Shane Simmons (@Shizzeee_) January 17, 2016
The transfer of Lynch frees up some space in the backfield, which looks loaded with talent even with his departure. The emergence of Saquon Barkley this season likely cements him as the starter (even being considered a dark horse for the 2016 Heisman Trophy), which is intimidating given that Sanders is a similarly ranked and similarly hyped player. 247’s composite lists him as a four-star and lays out the saga of his recruitment: first visiting Penn State, then Michigan, then Pitt, then Michigan State, with plenty of unofficial visits to Happy Valley in between. His second and third choices were reportedly Pitt and Michigan State, though he’s been committed to Penn State for a year and a half so the further confirmation wasn’t a surprise, just a pleasant boost of confidence — especially considering rival coaches are having sleepovers with Penn State commits.