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Penn State Flexes Running Back Recruiting Muscles With Two More Top-10 Recruits

The beloved LawnBoyz just keep getting better, folks.

While Noah Cain, Keyvone Lee, and Co. continue doing their thing for the Nittany Lions, James Franklin and Ja’Juan Seider are building up the future at running back.

In just the last two weeks, Penn State football has added two top-10 running back recruits to its Class of 2022. It got the ball rolling when four-star Pennsylvania running back Nicholas Singleton committed to the Nittany Lions on July 6. According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, he is the fifth-best running back prospect in the nation.

Then, on Friday, the Nittany Lions picked up a commitment from four-star Florida running back Kaytron Allen, who’s ranked the No. 10 running back prospect in the country.

Both Singleton and Allen add to Penn State’s recent dominance with running back recruiting. Although the program didn’t garner any running back commitments in its 2021 class, the success in 2019, 2020, and now 2022’s class can’t be ignored.

In its 2019 class, Penn State added four-star recruits Noah Cain and Devyn Ford. Now, of course, both have proved to be major contributors for offense just two years into their college careers.

Cain totaled 443 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as a true freshman before missing almost all of 2020 with an injury. Ford has 568 rushing yards and six touchdowns under his belt through his first two seasons as a Nittany Lion.

The following season, the Nittany Lions welcomed four-star recruits Keyvone Lee and Caziah Holmes. Like Cain and Ford, both Lee and Holmes immediately made an impact as true freshmen.

In fact, Lee led the team with 438 rushing yards this past season while reaching the end zone four times. Holmes ran the ball 51 times for 227 yards during the 2020 season.

History suggests both Singleton and Allen can make instant impacts when they arrive in Happy Valley, even though they’re joining a crowded group. Singleton has dominated so far in high school, rushing for 1,311 yards and 22 touchdowns his junior season. Allen totaled 1,097 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore.

Since 2019, Singleton is the highest-ranked running back prospect to commit to Penn State. Allen, meanwhile, is the fourth-highest.

Singleton and Allen have helped Penn State earn the No. 2-ranked 2022 recruiting class to this point. Overall, Penn State has gained commitments from 20 recruits thus far, including 12 offensive players, 7 defenders, and one specialist.

To satisfy your cravings for high-octane running back action, check out Singleton and Allen’s respective high school highlights here and here

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Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a senior majoring in journalism and is suddenly Onward State's managing editor. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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