A Charlie Shuman Christmas for Penn State

Penn State landed its third walk-on commitment on Christmas Eve in the form of a 6-foot-7, 305 pound New York offensive tackle.

Charlie Shuman had a lifelong dream to play at Penn State, and sometimes, dreams are just too hard to pass up. Especially on Christmas eve.

Shuman announced Tuesday that he will accept a preferred walk-on spot at Penn State, opting to de-commit from Old Dominion – where he was verbally committed to accept a scholarship - Monday before calling Penn State receivers coach Stan Hixon to deliver the news.

The 6-foot-7, 305 pound Pittsford (N.Y.) Sutherland High offensive tackle is the third walk-on to pledge to join the Lions class of 2014, falling in line behind Athens (Pa.) kicker/punter Troy Stivason and Fork Union (Va.) tight end Jacob August.

"I have dreamed about playing at Penn State for my entire life, and I had to follow my dream and play for the team and school that that I love," Shuman wrote in a text message to Fight On State. "I talked to Coach Hixon about two weeks ago, and he told me that I have a spot if I wanted it.

"I took my time and weighed all of my options, and then I called him [Monday] and told him that I would be happy to be a part of the Penn State football program."

The tackle began showing interest in the Lions with a November visit to University Park to watch the Lions lose to Nebraska, 23-20. Despite the outcome, the day at Beaver Stadium and weekend in State College turned him on to what he could experience over four years in Happy Valley.

Of course, to do that, he'd have to give up his scholarship to the Monarchs and pay his way unless a scholarship presents itself down the road. After much contemplating, Shuman saw the latter as the best option.

"The first thing I did was follow my friend around campus Friday to see what campus life is like and what it's like from a student standpoint," Shuman wrote. "From there, I went to the game and was blown away by the atmosphere and the amount of people that came out on a frigid day like it was that day.

"The whole atmosphere around the game was unreal, and something I really wanted to be a part of. I knew after the visit that I had to follow my dream, and I hope to earn a scholarship during my time at Penn State through hard work and determination. I hope to be a good leader, and strive to be a high achiever both on and off the field."

Shuman will study pre-medicine upon arriving at University Park, and his journey will begin when he enrolls for summer classes and begins working out in June.

"It is the best feeling that I will have the opportunity to be a part of my favorite college team," he wrote. "It feels amazing that I will be able to be a part of my dream team and attend my dream college."


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