Penn State football calls them “run-ons,” but the principle is the same: Dozens of hopefuls try out in the spring to make the official roster, and only a few, if any, are chosen.
The Nittany Lions announced the addition of walk-ons Isaac Lutz and Michael Shuster to their roster on Wednesday afternoon.
Lutz, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound wide receiver from Berks Catholic High School in Reading, joins a deep, young group of athletic wideouts with whom he hopes to compete. Lutz, who played running back and cornerback in high school, was recruited as an “athlete,” meaning he could play on either side of the ball depending on team needs. According to 247 Sports, he attended Penn State’s junior day last year and was offered as a preferred walk-on, before officially making the roster this week.
Shuster, a 6-foot-2 and 180-pound pro-style quarterback out of Camp Hill, was announced as a preferred walk-on at Penn State earlier this year. He has a lineage many Nittany Lion fans are familiar with: His grandfather, Dick Hoak, played at Penn State, then 10 years for the Pittsburgh Steelers, then coached 35 years with the Steelers.
As a preps player, Shuster ranks fourth all-time in the state for career yards with 9,717 as well as for career touchdown passes with 108.
Shuster won this year’s Small School Mr. PA Football award, while incoming Penn State freshman running back Miles Sanders won the award’s Big School category.
Lutz will wear No. 85 and Shuster will wear No. 15.