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Four-Star Running Back Kaytron Allen Commits To Penn State Football

James Franklin and Penn State football are still dominating the recruiting trail in July.

Four-star Virginia running back Kaytron Allen committed to the Nittany Lions Friday afternoon. He announced his decision to come to Happy Valley via Instagram Live, and is the seventh player to join Franklin’s Class of 2022 this month.

Penn State earned Allen’s commitment over Georgia, Michigan State, and Alabama, among others. He hails from Norfolk, Virginia but plays his high school football at the famed IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. During his 2020 campaign, Allen helped the Ascenders to an 8-0 record by scoring 10 total touchdowns and rushing for 515 yards.

The 5’11”, 220-pound rusher impressed even more as a sophomore in 2019 by reaching the end zone 17 times and scorching for 1,097 rushing yards.

After lacking a running back for much of the 2022 recruiting cycle, the Nittany Lions now hold two of the top prospects in the nation with Allen and Nicholas Singleton. Singleton, the Pennsylvania native who committed earlier this month, is considered the No. 6 running back in the nation, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Allen sits just behind Singleton at No. 10.

Penn State’s recruiting success at running back is now hard to argue with. Noah Cain is expected to work his way back into the offense after his season-ending injury in 2020, while Devyn Ford, Caziah Holmes, and Keyvone Lee have some valuable experience after being thrust into starting roles last fall. Don’t forget about John Lovett, either, the Baylor transfer who already has four seasons of college football under his belt.

Allen and Singleton will now have the chance to slide right in after those stars beginning in 2022. Check out what Allen might do once he arrives at Beaver Stadium by watching his junior highlight tape here.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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