A pair of Penn State Class of 2016 members have earned All-America notice from Scout.com.
It came as little surprise that Miles Sanders, who recently climbed to top spot in Scout’s running backs’ ratings, earned a nod as one of the two ball carriers on the All-America team.
Sanders, from Woodland Hills High in Pittsburgh, is regarded as the most complete back in the nation.
“It’s a combination of things,” Scout’s Brian Dohn said. “It is his ability and his ceiling. But it is also what he did on the field. He’s got great burst, he can run between the tackles, he can take it outside and make guys miss. He can pull away from the defensive back or juke the linebacker at the second level.
“And you don’t see a lot of this from high school running backs, but he can catch the ball and protect the passer — picking up the blitz,” Dohn added. “That’s kind of unheard of. He’s a complete back and did it in a very tough conference.”
The second future Nittany Lion to make the All-America team was a bit of a surprise. Though he is a four-star prospect, offensive lineman Connor McGovern had been considered something of a sleeper. Not any more.
The 6-foot-5, 312-pounder from Larksville, Pa. (Lake-Lehman High) is one of five O-lineman on the All-America team.
“McGovern is every offensive line coach’s dream because he already plays with a low pad level,” Dohn said. “He’s smart. He’ll stay on his block and drive his legs. You watch what he did his senior year, and I don’t know that there’s enough online space to hold videos of all of his pancake blocks. His game film is like a highlight reel.”
McGovern is already enrolled at Penn State.
“He’s polished,” Dohn said. “He’s got a chance to do some things there in the spring.”
Dohn said a third member of Penn State's Class of 2016 — five-star offensive lineman Michal Menet — narrowly missed making the All-America team.
"He was right there, and it could have gone either way with a couple of the linemen,” Dohn said.