More high school tailbacks will be on the sideline Saturday night than Penn State will have on the field.
More than 40 recruits are expected to be in Happy Valley for this season's biggest game, and there will be no shortage of running backs. About half-a-dozen scholarship or scholarship-worthy backs will be in the crowd, and NittanyNation gives you a rundown of those backs -- as well as other players who have committed to attend:
Richie Anderson (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson)
Three stars, No. 52 at position
Yes, Anderson is a Maryland commit. But he called PSU his dream school on the night he received a scholarship offer. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound tailback was the first of these tailbacks to earn an offer from PSU, and he's near the top of the Nittany Lions' list. He's declined to speak with the media since garnering that PSU offer and -- out of all the attending recruits -- he could be most likely to make a move.
Wesley Bullock (Tampa Bay, Fla./Plant Senior)
Penn State is this speedy back's biggest offer, and Saturday will likely go a long way in helping him determine whether that also means PSU is the right school. Bullock said he felt very comfortable with Toledo, who's been following him much longer than Penn State, but PSU's atmosphere during a White Out is likely something he's never seen before as a recruit.
Tim Longmire (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby)
Three stars, No. 136 at position
The 5-foot-11, 194-pound tailback told NittanyNation on Tuesday he's still trying to make plans to attend Saturday's game. His top-three currently includes Penn State, Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic. If he's unable to make it to Happy Valley this weekend, he'll likely schedule an official visit for one of the final two games.
Roman Clay (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic)
Three stars, No. 86 at position
Clay has speed in the 4.5s, which might be a tad slower than PSU's ideal. Still, he's arguably the most explosive back around central Pennsylvania, and he speaks with Penn State assistant Charles London every week. Clay could become the next tailback to earn a scholarship, but it might take another back declaring his disinterest first.
William Houston (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto)
Three stars, No. 2 at position (fullback)
Houston could become the Michael Zordich of Penn State, but PSU likely won't offer him a scholarship. The Lions could offer him a preferred walk-on position, but Houston would likely just opt to walk-on at Ohio State then. PSU will have to impress him Saturday and maybe focus on a pitch for playing time. Houston's a great fullback and might have garnered an offer other years, but not now with the limited scholarships.
Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/Saints Vincent-St.Mary's)
Class of 2014
He might just be the fastest recruit on the sideline Saturday. Campbell can run the 100-yard dash in 10.92 seconds, and he's seriously considering PSU. He said he expects to be at the game Saturday, but his plans are not yet cemented. Right now, the only other team really going hard after Campbell Jr. is Indiana -- so PSU definitely has a big opening here.
List of other attendees who have committed to attend (Class of 2013)
List of other attendees who have committed to attend (Class of 2014)