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December 26, 2013

OL walk-on addresses dire need

Penn State picked up another one of its top walk-on targets December 24 in Pittsford (N.Y.) Sutherland offensive tackle Charlie Shuman.

At 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, Shuman absolutely has the size to play Division I football. In fact, he actually turned down a scholarship offer from Old Dominion to join the Nittany Lions as a run-on.

"I have been a Penn State fan my entire life," Shuman said. "My dad was a Penn State fan and his dad was a huge Penn State fan. My dad's dad was actually an All-American runner at Penn State and a co-captain of the 1948 track team.

"Ever since I started watching Penn State football with my dad, I have always dreamed of wearing the blue and white. I have always loved what Penn State has stood for and the atmosphere around Penn State football games."

Unlike most run-on targets who only pick up consistent interest from the coaching staff toward the end of their senior season, Shuman has been on Penn State's radar for months now.

"I have been talking to Penn State on a weekly basis and my recruiter was Coach (Stan) Hixon," said Shuman. "We would talk just about every week through email or over the phone. I have been on the Penn State campus twice before. One of the games was the one against Nebraska on November. 23.

"They initially contacted me back in April with a visit from Coach Hixon (at my school). I have always been interested in Penn State, but we did not have much contact over the summer, but I got back in touch with Coach Hixon in September and that's when I really pushed and showed them that I really wanted to be a Nittany Lion."

Penn State and Old Dominion weren't the only programs showing interest. Multiple New York schools, plus Boston College, also made a push.

"There were many schools recruiting me, but the main teams were PSU, Boston College, Syracuse, Buffalo, Cornell and of course Old Dominion. I went to camp at Cornell, Penn State, Syracuse, Boston College and Buffalo.

"Cornell offered me a spot on the team, ODU of course offered me a scholarship. Syracuse offered me a walk-on spot and Penn State offered me a run-on spot."

Shuman plans to pursue a degree in the medical field while attending Penn State. He joins Athens, Pa., kicker Troy Stivason and Fork Union, Va. tight end Jacob August as the third confirmed run-on in Penn State's Class of 2014.


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