Penn State recruit gets All-America game invite; Saquon Barkley makes friendly rushing bet, and more
Justin Shorter, wide receiver from South Brunswick, NJ, shows off his invitation to the Opening Finals during the Opening Regionals in Florham Park, NJ on April 30, 2017. Shorter is a Penn State commit. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s Penn State football news headlines feature a big honor for four-star wide receiver recruit Justin Shorter and a friendly wager between Saquon Barkley and two other elite running backs.
Coming off a statement weekend at The Opening regional in New Jersey, Shorter picked up an invitation to the U.S. Army All-America game, according to Sean Fitz of Lions 247. The 6-4, 220-pound prospect from South Brunswick (N.J.) High School also got an invitation to The Opening finals in July and likely earned a boost to his national ranking, which now sits at No. 79 in the 247Sports composite.
Barkley and LSU’s Derrius Guice were both challenged to a rushing contest by Ohio State’s Mike Weber. The player with the fewest rushing yards in the group will have to buy dinner for the other two. Guice rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns in a timeshare with Leonard Fournette last season. Weber ran for 1,072 yards on 177 times during a standout redshirt freshman season.
Barkley, who could also be pushed by Guice for top running back honors in the 2018 NFL draft, didn’t sound threatened.
Sounds like a free meal to me [?] [?] @DhaSickest @mikeweberjr https://t.co/6F8Lgwm11Y
— Saquon Barkley (@saquonb21) May 3, 2017
In other Penn State football news, USA Today’s Paul Myerberg sizes up the conference races in college football. Barkley and Trace McSorley make up one of the nation’s best duo tandems, and Christian Hackenberg has a famous backer in his bid for a starting quarterback job.
PennLive’s Bob Flounders, Greg Pickel and Dustin Hockensmith also talk Penn State football on the Keystone Sports Network. Check out audio from their latest podcast below.
Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup:
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