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James and the ‘Fatman’: Lions continue to stockpile talent at RB

Graphic from Kaytron Allen Twitter

Penn State picked up another outstanding running back prospect Friday afternoon when 4-star Kaytron Allen from IMG Academy in Florida committed to the Nittany Lions. Allen is ranked as the No. 6 running back in the country for the class of 2022, according to Rivals.

Allen’s nickname is “Fatman,” as you can see from his Twitter handle below. He’s a 5-foot-11, 220-pounder who also had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Georgia and many others.

There’s little doubt that James Franklin and his staff are crushing it in recruiting right now, both overall and at the running back position.

Allen is the second elite running back prospect to commit to PSU in the past week and a half. Nicholas Singleton from Governor Mifflin High School in PA committed to the Lions on July 6. Singleton is ranked as the No. 5 running back recruit in the country by 247Sports.

When those two recruits get to campus, they will join an already loaded running back room at Penn State.

Sophomore Noah Cain could be the starter this year after missing all but a few plays last season, getting injured in the opening moments of the opener at Indiana.

When Cain went down — and after Journey Brown had retire with a medical condition — it opened the door for freshman Keyvone Lee to emerge. Lee rushed for 438 yards on 89 carries, averaging 4.9 per attempt, and scored four touchdowns.

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Sophomore Devyn Ford rushed for 274 yards and three TDs on 67 carries. And another true freshman, Caziah Holmes, rushed for 227 yards and two scores on 51 carries.

So, if Singleton and Allen do sign with Penn State, the running back room when they arrive will include both of them, along with Cain, Lee and Holmes. That would be one stacked position group — although if it were to happen, you could be sure that someone would eventually transfer.

Penn State also will have John Lovett, a Baylor transfer, in the backfield this season.

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