Adam Houser ran for nearly 2,000 yards this year and nearly 4,000 for his career, breaking Shippensburg High School records along the way.
Now he gets to take those same game-breaking talents to Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The senior running back announced his commitment Friday morning on Twitter.
Houser, who said he will major in finance and has been accepted into the Robert E. Cooks Honors College, chose IUP over Shippensburg University and West Chester on his short list.
“IUP is a place where I feel I’ll excel, and their football program is known for winning championships, which I’m obviously interested in,” Houser said via Twitter direct message Friday evening.
“My personal goal is to get in there and try to contribute right away. That being said, I wouldn’t be opposed to red-shirting and getting a whole year under my belt.”
Houser said the recruiting process really picked up after his high school season ended in November. That’s when the Crimson Hawks expressed interest. Once he made an official visit to the campus in Indiana, Pa., he said he “instantly knew that was a program I wanted to be a part of.”
“The recruiting process for me felt extremely long, but I cannot stress how relieved I am now that it’s over,” he said. “I know I made the right choice and I can’t wait to show what I got on the field.”
Houser was the 2018 All-Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year after plastering his name atop the Greyhounds record books.
He set a single-season school record with 1,983 rushing yards and broke the career mark with 3,918 stripes. He did that after missing a chunk of 2017 with an ankle injury. In 2018, he averaged 7.7 yards per carry, recorded three 200-yard games and scored 26 times.
He also had an impact at safety, swiping five passes with 21 tackles.
Houser was part of the 2016 team that made a surprise run to the District 3 Class 4A championship after upsetting powerhouse Bishop McDevitt in a shocking, last-second comeback win.
Houser is the fifth Sentinel-area senior to commit to a PSAC school in the past two weeks, joining Carlisle’s Kurtis Ravenel (Kutztown), Red Land’s Matt Moody and Cumberland Valley’s Stone Huffman (West Chester), and Cedar Cliff’s Justin Resto (Bloomsburg).
IUP is coached by second-year head coach Paul Tortorella, a former assistant coach for several years. In his first year, the Crimson Hawks went 13-1, won the conference championship and made the NCAA Division II semifinals. IUP went 8-3 in 2018.
The Crimson Hawks have several former Mid-Penn Conference standouts, including Harrisburg QB Yahmir Wilkerson (fr.), State College DL Jackson Heasley (fr.), a former Shippensburg University DL transfer from State College, Alec Aspray (r-so.), Central Dauphin TE Grant Smith (fr.) and Susquehanna Township DL Raunya Mitchell (r-fr.).