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BG’s Myrick commits to Lions as a walk-on

Keegan Myrick entertained offers from Lehigh University and Dickinson College, but his heart was always with Penn State.

One of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s all-time successful football players, Myrick committed to Penn State on Twitter on Friday as a preferred walk-on running back.

“It’s always been of dream of mine to play at Penn State since I was little,” Myrick, a two-time all-state player and a two-time Altoona Mirror Player of the Year, said. “I grew up a Penn State fan, and the chance to run out on the Beaver Stadium field is once in a lifetime.”

Myrick, a running back/defensive back, rushed for 3,895 yards in his scholastic career with 5,296 all-purpose yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. BG went 39-11 during his four years and played in the PIAA Class 1A championship game in 2019 and the state semifinals this past season.

Myrick said he started talking to Penn State a few months ago, mainly with Dann Kabala, PSU director of high school relations, and with the help of BG coach Justin Wheeler, he was offered the walk-on opportunity.

Wheeler is a former Penn State football walk-on player himself.

“We talked about the difficulties of being a walk-on,” Wheeler said. “It’s a great opportunity. He’s going to have to outwork everyone, but it’s a great university, he’s going to get a great education, and he’ll play for one of the best football programs in the nation.”

Myrick, who plans on studying business or finance, said he’s speechless about the opportunity. He said he’s appreciative of everyone who’s helped him in his career, mostly his parents and Wheeler.

“It’s definitely going to be an uphill battle,” he said. “It’s going to be hard, but I believe in myself and what I’ve been taught. Without question, I believe that I’ll make the team and suit up for games.”

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