A Great Catch For PSU

Josh Hannum, a terrific WR from Strath Haven High in Pennsylvania, decommitted from Notre Dame and committed to Penn State this weekend while on an official visit.

Name: Josh Hannum
Position: WR / CB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 170 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.3
School: Strath Haven High School, Wallingford, PA

Josh Hannum is excited to become a Penn State Nittany Lion.

"Yes, I am," Josh said enthusiastically.  "I'm extremely excited."

He made his decision this past weekend while in State College for an official visit.

Chris Ganter was his host.

"I had a great time.  We really hit it off well."

How interested was Josh in Penn State before his official visit?

"Very interested," he said.  "It came down to Notre Dame and Penn State the first time.  I couldn't really pick one or the other, but I ended up choosing Notre Dame.

"However, the 2 coaching changes [at Notre Dame] gave me a window of opportunity to answer some 'what if's, and it turned out that I wanted to go to Penn State.  I really thought that I could thrive more at Penn State.  I just felt more comfortable there."

Did Penn State's much improved offense during the second half of this past season influence his decision?

"That's just an added bonus being a receiver.  We're going to win games next year, we are.  I'm happy with [the situation] I'm coming into."

In addition to having a great pair of hands, Josh has exceptional speed.

"My fastest [time in the 40-yard dash] was 4.2 unofficially with spikes, on a track at Swarthmore College.  I went to a camp at Notre Dame and my fastest time there was in the low 4.3's on astroturf, I think a 4.33.  Last year, as a junior, my fastest time [in the 100m] was 10.5.  I ran it twice."

Penn State is recruiting Josh to play wide receiver, his preferred position.

Josh plans to major in communications.  In fact, he is currently working on a project for Strath Haven teammate Lenny Carter which is somewhat related to that field of study.

"I'm doing his highlight film for him.  That's why I'm getting into communications, for broadcasting, TV, stuff like that. His highlight film will be released soon.

"He has raw Division I talent right now.  He can play.  He definitely can.  He's not afraid.  He'll hit 240-pound running backs.  He had 8 interceptions and also ran a 10.5 last year.  The kid can fly.  If he really puts his mind to it and really works hard in the off season, I'm hopeful he might be joining me next year.  You know where I hope he goes."

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