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Breaking down Penn State Football ‘video game like’ RB commit London Montgomery

James Franklin and Penn State Football landed an absolute playmaker, in running back London Montgomery.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Penn State running back Keyvone Lee (24) avoids Michigan defensive back Rod Moore (19) during a long run during the Michigan Wolverines versus Penn State Nittany Lions game on November 13, 2021 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

James Franklin and Penn State Football have found their running back for the 2023 recruiting
class.

Monday, Scranton Prep star London Montgomery committed to the Nittany Lions over Virginia Tech and Boston College.

Montgomery also held offers from schools like Cincinnati, Iowa, Michigan, and Michigan State. The 247Sports Composite tabs Montgomery as the No. 7 player in Pennsylvania, and the No. 27 overall running back in the class.

 
 
 
 
 
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The 5-foot-10 and 180-pound playmaker will bring a plethora of high-level tools to Mike Yurcich’s offense in Happy Valley.

Here’s a breakdown of how RB commit London Montgomery will impact Penn State Football 

PRODUCTION

Montgomery put up some video game type numbers in his junior season, carrying the rock 194 times for 2,356 yards and 36 touchdowns in 10 games. That averages out to about 12.1 yards per carry.

This is exactly the kind of production you want to see from a future Penn State Football workhorse.

SPEED

When you flip on Montgomery’s tape, the first thing that jumps out at you is his speed.

Montgomery has got some serious wheels that pop off your screen. He ran a 10.91 in the 100 meters this spring, and he self-reports a 10.85 personal best time as well.

He possesses true home run hitting speed that the Nittany Lions have desperately lacked in the backfield the past few seasons.

PATIENCE & VISION

In watching Montgomery’s film more in-depth, you’ll notice his ability to set up blocks for his offensive lineman.

In other words, he knows how to watch a play develop. This is a very rare skill to see from a high school football player, and it may be the most impressive part about Montgomery’s game.

Once the play develops, he hits the open hole with great burst and consistently out-runs second-level defenders.

Montgomery does not shy away from contact and is very comfortable running between the tackles.

When you combine Montgomery’s patience and vision to go along with his craftiness in the open field, it’s not hard to see why he became a priority top-target for the Nittany Lions.

NFL COMPARISON

Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers.

Montgomery’s physical gifts combined with his one-cut slashing ability remind me of Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones.

Montgomery is similar in size to Jones (5-foot-9, 208 pounds), and both players win with speed and elusiveness, rather than physicality.

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