Altoona's Sean Shannon

Penn State is one of several schools recruiting the huge offensive lineman from Altoona. Is Sean interested in the Nittany Lions?

Name: Sean Shannon
Position: OT
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 330 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.2
Bench Press: 315 pounds
School: Altoona Area High School, Altoona, PA

Sean Shannon is another Pennsylvania offensive lineman that is starting to receive a lot of attention from major Division I college programs including Penn State.

The huge junior helped Altoona Area High School (12-2 overall) win the AFC League and District VI and IX Championships last season.

"He's not a fat kid," Altoona Head Coach Phil Riccio said.  "He's a real solid kid and he carries his weight well.

"He's an outstanding young athlete.  He's a house but he's quick.  He's explosive off the ball and he'll flatten you.  He's a great kid to have.  It's great having a kid like that back for his senior year."

Sean played offensive tackle for Altoona.

"We flip our sides, so he's on our tight side, our strong side.

"He didn't [play defense] last year, but he will play some this year.  We had a ton of depth returning on the defensive line [last year] so there was no need to."

Sean earned several post-season honors.

"He was All-Conference (1st Team), All-County (1st Team) and All-Region, I believe 1st Team."

Coach Riccio has talked to "numerous" schools regarding Sean.

"Nobody has offered yet, but there has been a lot of interest, especially from Penn State, Pitt, Maryland and Boston College."

Riccio has spoken to several members of the Penn State coaching staff.

"They like his size, his strength and his quickness.  It's the same thing that everybody is liking."

Sean will most likely attend the Nike Camp at Penn State on April 21.

"The only [junior day] that he was able to get to was Penn State's (March 23).  He enjoyed it.  He enjoyed their campus and enjoyed how they do things.

"He hasn't been to their camp yet, but he was there before for games."

Distance to a prospective school may be a determining factor for Sean.

"I think the one facet that he enjoys about the schools that have shown interest like Pitt, West Virginia, Maryland and Penn State is that they are all relatively close.  I think that will be a key in his decision making."

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