Unraveling the Mystery

The commitment of Milton S. Hershey defensive lineman Abe Koroma left a lot of questions for Penn State fans. Koroma is considered an under-the-radar recruit, so we went in-depth with the man who knows him best, and that’s his head coach, Bob Guyer.

Guyer has been the leader of the Spartans program for 22 years, so who better to give Nittany Lion fans the skinny on their newest verbal pledg? He recently took the time to fill us in on Koroma and his school.

Lichtenfels: Why was Koroma not recruited more heavily?

Guyer: I talked to him and we only sent out about a dozen tapes to schools that he and his mother felt were good fits for him. He never really got caught up in the recruiting process. Basically he wanted to get it done and over with.

Lichtenfels: Why Penn State?

Guyer: Abe felt a connection with Coach [Larry} Johnson. The school was a good fit for him geographically and academically.

Lichtenfels: What is Koroma’s academic standing?

Guyer: He has a 3.1 GPA in a college prep curriculum, and a 2.8 core. He took the SAT in June, but I haven’t seen the results yet, our guidance counselor has them.

Lichtenfels: What does Koroma do well, what are his strengths as a player?

Guyer: He is quick on the take off he gets out of his stance. He has good technique; he keeps his back flat and stays low. He redirects well and gets to the ball. He is just so naturally strong.

Lichtenfels: Most defensive/nose tackles are one dimensional, generally they either are run stuffers who clog up their gaps or they can get after the quarterback. You have a few who can do both. Which area does Koroma excel at?  

Guyer: He can play the run or the pass. He’s been a nose tackle for us. A few college coaches told me he was the No. 1 sleeper in the state.

Lichtenfels: How many major college kids have you had at Milton Hershey?

Guyer: We had Jorge Oquendo in the late ’80s; he ended up graduating from Olney in Philadelphia and then went on to be a nose tackle at Penn State.

Lichtenfels: Can you tell us anything about Koroma strength-wise, as far as bench and squat is concerned?

Guyer: We use a high -ntensity training program similar to what Penn State does. We break down sets with no maxing out or power lifting. We try and keep it as safe as possible.

Lichtenfels: Can you tell us about Milton Hershey?

Guyer: We take kids from at risk environments, maybe a kid has a deceased parent or is considered a social orphan where he only has one parent and they may not be able to adequately provide for them. We have very defined criteria. Once a child hits 16 years of age we won’t take them, because we feel we won’t have enough time to be able to make an impact with them. The program is funded by the Hershey Trust, there’s no tuition, they get free room and board, a free education, clothing and medical coverage here.

Lichtenfels: How would you describe Abe Koroma?

Guyer: He’s very low maintenance. He really cares about how he represents himself and his school. He is very unselfish and works diligently to get better.

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