Little Lions To Nittany Lions

Little Lions To Nittany Lions

Teammates Jamel Felder and Jason Ganter of State College Area HS have chosen to walk-on at Penn State. Jamel will probably play outside linebacker while Jason may play either wide-receiver or defensive back.

Name: Jamel Felder
Position: DE, LB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 220 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5
School: State College Area HS, State College, PA

Although State College Area High School, home of the Little Lions, did not have as good a year as Head Coach Dave Lintal had hoped (6-4), several graduating players will have the enviable opportunity to continue their football careers at the next level.

Tight-end Jon Stupar signed a Letter of Intent this past Wednesday to play for the Virginia Cavaliers.  Nick Yocum will attempt to walk-on at William & Mary, while the team's leading rusher this year, Curt Varner, plans to walk-on at Franklin & Marshall.

Defensive-end Jamel Felder and wide-receiver/defensive back Jason Ganter will both be preferred walk-ons at Penn State.

There has been at least one report stating that Jamel, the brother of current Penn State offensive tackle Gus Felder, would be grayshirted by Penn State, a process by which he would receive a scholarship in January of next year.

"No, he's not doing that," Coach Lintal said Thursday evening.  "He is going to walkon.  Actually, he turned down a scholarship to Hofstra to do this.  He's going with no guarantees, just to be a walkon.

"Jamel's about 6'2", 220 and he's probably a 4.45 forty (yard dash).

"He was a defensive-end and he played a little bit of running back, but he was more of a defensive player for us and it looks like he'll be a linebacker at Penn State, an outside backer.

"He was our leading tackler.  He had 97 tackles, 8 1/2 sacks, 2 tackles for losses, 2 pass deflections and he blocked a punt.

"He's a real athletic kid, very athletic.  He's quick off the ball and has real good feet.  He loves the game and he's a real aggressive kid.  The biggest thing is just his athletic ability, he truly is a very solid athlete.

"He just feels really comfortable with the people at Penn State and the community and wanted to stay.  I truly think the kid's a steal."

Name: Jason Ganter
Position: WR, DB
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.55
School: State College Area HS, State College, PA

Jason Ganter is the younger brother of redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Ganter.

"Jason is about 6'1", around 185 and is probably around a 4.5, 4.55 something like that.  He was a wide-receiver, defensive back (safety), started both ways for us.

"He had 12 catches this year and averaged 8.92 yards per catch.  He had one touchdown.  Defensively, he had 54 tackles, 5 interceptions and 1 pass deflection.

"Jason's a very intelligent player, runs excellent routes offensively and just has a good understanding of the game.  He's a very tough kid.  He can take a hit as well as give one.  Defensively, he was very solid for us, having a good understanding of our coverages and being able to be a leader, to make calls in the secondary for us.  He was a kid who was always in position and didn't get beat deep."

Jason visited Princeton, but did not really pursue a lot of other offers. He too wanted to stay close to home.


Coach Lintal also listed several juniors who after this next season may have a similar opportunity to play at the next level.  The 40-yard dash times are estimations, as were those for Felder and Ganter above.  Suhey is a definite Division I prospect per Lintal.  Norwood is the son of Penn State assistant coach Brian Norwood.

QB, DB Kevin Suhey (6'2", 195, 4.5)

TE, DE Nat Chyle (6'4", 210, 4.9)

OL, LB Mickey Rehring (6'0", 230, 5.1, benches 335 pounds 3 times)

OL, DL Bryan Stauffer (6'2", 255, 5.1)

WR, DB Jordan Norwood  (5'9", 140, 4.4)

RB, DB Scott Koch (5'9, 155, 4.4)

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