Woodland Hills running back Sanders commits to Penn State

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Miles Sanders, a junior-to-be running back for Woodland Hills High School, has committed to Penn State. His coach, George Novak, confirmed the decision this afternoon. Sanders, who graduates in 2016, is Penn State's first committed recruit for that class.

Sanders has rushed for about 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons for Woodland Hills. He was promoted to varsity during his freshman season and became the starting running back before a game against Upper St. Clair.

"I've had a lot of different running backs over the years, and some use speed, and some are slashers, and some are runners," Novak said. "He kind of has some of everything."

It's an enviable pickup for Penn State. Sanders was being recruited by Pitt, Michigan and Michigan State among others. Woodland Hills coach George Novak said he was getting phone calls from Alabama and Auburn as well. He was probably never all that interested in the southern schools, though.

"He doesn't like the warm weather," Novak said.

Penn State picked up another commitment today, according to recruiting sites Rivals, Scout and 24-7 Sports, from Irvin Charles. Charles is a four-star wide receiver recruit (6-4, 207 pounds) from Haddonfield, N.J. He is Penn State's 18th commitment in the class of 2014.

First Published July 19, 2014 12:00 AM

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