Penn State picked up another quarterback -- and its most-heralded preferred walk-on of the 2013 class -- with the commitment of a player who turned down several FBS offers for a shot with the Nittany Lions.
Jack Seymour (Indianapolis/Park Tudor) held offers from Ball State and Western Michigan. According to his high school coach, several other teams told Seymour they would also offer if he was ready to commit.
In the end, though, he wanted to play for a more prestigious program. He wanted to play for Penn State, even without a scholarship.
Park Tudor is more known for its academics than athletics, and coach Orlando Lowry -- a former linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts -- said that's likely why Seymour flew under the radar. The Panthers finished 2-9 this past season, but Seymour was the bright spot.
Lowry, in his first season at Park Tudor, knew early the kind of player he had.
“I knew right when I was hired. A lot of the times he was running for his life, but he was getting the ball to where it needed to go,” Lowry said. “He was making plays under duress, so that impressed because it's hard to be accurate when you're running for your life -- and he showed a lot of toughness. He also showed me that he wants to run the ball. We didn't want him to run. But he's a big, tough kid and his toughness showed on film."
Seymour, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound prospect, has also shown his leadership despite a difficult two years for the Tudor program.
"Prior to me being at the school, Jack was one of the guys that kept the team together and kept them working out,” Seymour’s coach said. “They worked out off campus at a facility, so he was a guy who was orchestrating that and making sure guys got there and basically kept the team together. … “so he's a leader. And you like to see that in your quarterback. So he definitely stepped to the table and did things like that."
Seymour threw for 1,670 yards and 17 scores in 2012 despite missing two games.