Penn State offers QB Jace Ruder and RB Chris Tyree, two wrestlers advance to freestyle worlds and more
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Lions offer Jace Ruder, Chris Tyree
It was a busy weekend on the recruiting front for Penn State. Along with the commitment of 4-star defensive end Dorian Hardy to the 2018 class, the Nittany Lions offered 2018 quarterback Jace Ruder, a 3-star prospect from Norton, Kan., and 2020 running back Chris Tyree, from Chester, Va.
Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports writes that Ruder – the first QB offered by Penn State since the de-commitment last week of Justin Fields – de-committed himself in May, from Tulsa. Wiltfong adds that Ruder also has offers from Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Baylor and Ole Miss, and that he plans to visit the first three of those schools this week.
He has yet to schedule a visit to Penn State, according to Wiltfong.
Tyree, the first ’20 prospect at his position to receive an offer from Penn State, is 5-foot-9 and 162 pounds. He also has offers from Florida State, Georgia, Duke, West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Marshall, according to 247Sports.
Zain Retherford, Mark Hall make national teams
As noted by Jim Carlson of Pennlive.com, Lions wrestler Zain Retherford, a two-time NCAA champion at 149 pounds, earned a spot on the United States Senior Freestyle World Team over the weekend. Teammate Mark Hall claimed a berth on the Junior Freestyle World Team.
Retherford, who like Hall represented the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, outlasted former Penn State great Frank Molinaro in the best-of-three finals to win the 65kg title at the World Team Trials. Hall, who also earned an NCAA title as a freshman last winter, defeated Iowa’s Alex Marinelli, 10-0 and 8-3, in the 74kg final at the Junior World Team Trials.
Both events were held in Lincoln, Neb.
The junior world championship are scheduled for Aug. 1-6 in Tampere, Finland, while the worlds are slated for Aug. 21-26 in Paris.
Four earn All-America honors
According to a university news release, four Penn State athletes – two men and two women – earned All-America honors over the weekend at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Isaiah Harris finished second in the 800-meter run, Michael Shuey was third in the javelin, Tori Gerlach earned bronze in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Dannielle Gibson finished sixth in the triple jump.
Harris ran 1:45.40 to finish close behind Texas-El Paso’s Emmanuel Korir (1:45.03). Shuey’s throw of 250-2 was a school record.
Gerlach’s time of 9:46.76 was a personal best and the second-fastest clocking in program history. Gibson’s 43-10 jump was also a personal best.