PSU Class Of 2016: Luxury Pickup

Miles Sanders, the nation's top running back, will add to an already loaded backfield in Happy Valley.

No, we're not talking about a high-end truck here. We're talking about a couple of high-end running backs.

After rushing for 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015, Penn State's Saquon Barkley was named a Freshman All-American by multiple media outlets. So there would be no way in the world the nation's top high school running back would land at PSU, too, right?


Miles Sanders, of Woodland Hills High in Pittsburgh, committed to the Nittany Lions in July of 2014. And though he admittedly had some thoughts about going elsewhere, in mid-January of this year he re-affirmed his commitment to Penn State.

So Penn State landed the top two running backs in Pennsylvania for its Class of 2015 (don't forget about Andre Robinson, who took a redshirt). And now James Franklin landed the nation's top back for the Class of 2016.

Sanders rose to the top of the rankings after a dominating performance in practices leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando. The great thing about him - and what should have PSU fans salivating over the idea of Sanders, Barkley, Robinson and others in the backfield - is that he is extremely well-rounded for a high school running back.

At 5-foot-11, 195, Sanders can grind between the tackles or hit the edges. He is an excellent receiver. And he has a skill that is almost unheard of for young backs - he can help protect the passer. 

He may be a luxury pickup, but you better believe Penn State is going to find a way to get him on the field this year.

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