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Another One: Penn State Lands Commitment From Top 10 Class of 2025 RB

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Penn State has landed a commitment from one of the top 10 running backs in the Class of 2025.

It’s Alvin Henderson, a four-star, 5-foot-10, 198-pound back from Alabama’s Elba High School.

Henderson picked Penn State over Auburn, Florida State, Miami and Oregon, among others.

The expectation was that Henderson would pick either Auburn, which is roughly two hours away from Elba, or Penn State, which has developed a reputation for churning out NFL quality running backs. Henderson announced early Thursday afternoon that he picked the latter.

So what would Penn State be getting in Henderson?

In a scouting report published to 247Sports Wednesday, April 10, national recruiting analyst Cooper Petanga described Henderson as “a sudden runner that demonstrates the ability to play in both a power or zone scheme.”

“The Alabama native exhibits excellent short area burst and separation quickness at the second level to create space between defenders,” Petagna wrote. “Plays with good play strength and physicality, plus shows the ability to consistently play through contact. Has a knack for finding hidden yardage between the tackles, utilizing patience and contact balance but also possesses the elusiveness and long speed to create explosive plays in the open field. An extremely productive rusher with an uncanny combination of vision, short area quickness, and burst between the tackles, Henderson projects as a high level multi-year starter at a Power Four program with the ability to contribute sooner rather than later in an early down role.”

Penn State now has 12 players committed to its 2025 class. Henderson is the third running back, joining four-star Tiqwai Hayes (Aliquippa) and 3-star running back Kiandrea Barker (Miami, Florida).

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