When top running back Silas Redd left Penn State for the USC Trojans, it was the biggest blow that Penn State could suffer in terms of a player transferring. Incoming freshman running back Akeel Lynch was the third best recruit in New York in the 2012 class, and a source told Tim Tolley (link below) he is “all but gone”. If Lynch does leave, as some sources indicate, then he will likely be going to Iowa.
The loss of Redd was certainly devastating for the Nittany Lions, and losing Lynch would be nearly as bad. The team is extremely thin at the running back position, and that’s the position on the roster that you don’t want to be thin at with injuries and fatigue at the position. Lynch is a high-level three-star recruit from the 2012 class and received eight BCS offers. He previously committed to Boston College before switching to PSU.
If Akeel Lynch does go to Iowa, then the top 30 running back (4.4 forty) will join a team that made up one of his three Big Ten offers (Illinois being the third). The Hawkeyes would love to add Lynch, who is regarded for his size, consistency, and vision. The 6’0″, 205 pound Athol Springs RB can get consistent yardage, and he fits the Hawkeyes system being a bigger back.
As Tim Tolley notes on Victory Bell Rings, the Nittany Lions would only have two scholarship running backs in Curtis Dukes and Bill Belton left on the roster. Lynch would be in line for a high amount of carries as an incoming freshman due to the lack of RBs and the loss of star starter Silas Redd.
Per HawkeyeReport.com of Rivals, Lynch will be making his decision on Sunday between Penn State and Iowa. On VBR, Tim also writes, “the Nittany Lions are not in great position to land a top prospect in the 2013 class.” Thus, making the loss of Lynch a bigger blow for PSU.
The Hawkeyes have a need at running back, and the former New York Gatorade Player of the Year would fill that need. He lit up opponents at Saint Francis High with over 2,000 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns (!) as a senior. Yeah, Lynch is pretty good. He runs the ball with conviction, gets yardage, moves the chains, and he was shedding would-be tacklers with ease in high school.