With NCAA sanctions against Penn State and a limited number of scholarships to give, it looks like coach Bill O'Brien is going to be big on "walk-ons." Or as O'Brien likes to call them - "run-ons."
Pine-Richland running back-defensive back Brock Baranowski and Blackhawk running back Cole Chiappialle both said tonight they will be "preferred" walk-ons at Penn State next season.
Baranowski is a talented player who missed a lot of his senior season because of an ankle injury. As a junior, he rushed for 1,079 yards on 153 carries and also caught 25 passes for 231 yards. Baranowski is a good athlete - he had six 3-pointers in Pine-Richland's basketball game two nights ago - who was overlooked some by colleges because of the injury (try the wings at his father's North Park Lounge restaurant, ha ha). You can probably judge him more by his junior season than his senior season - because of the injury.
Baranowski said he visited Penn State a few weekends ago when Penn State invited 20-30 other players who were possible walk-ons.
This morning on Varsity Blog, it was reported another Penn State walk-on from the WPIAL will be North Allegheny receiver Gregg Garrity, who led the team in receptions a year ago.
Chiappialle (pictired) had a big senior season at Blackhawk, finishing as the sixth-leading rusher in the WPIAL during the regular season with 1,475 yards. He rushed for 404 yards on 33 attempts in a game against Chartiers Valley. He was only the 10th player in WPIAL history to rush for 400 yards in a game.
You wonder if there will be more walk-ons from the WPIAL headed to Penn State.
Boyd will visit Tennessee
It is now certain that Clairton receiver Tyler Boyd will make a visit to the University of Tennessee this weekend.
Boyd is still committed to Pitt, but he visited West Virginia last weekend, and now the Tennessee trip.