Hanover Area lineman Justin Kopko celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Joseph Curcio during a game against Holy Redeemer in September. Kopko accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Penn State on Monday. Times Shamrock photo by Christopher Dolan.

Penn State got a commitment from one of the better prospects in the Wyoming Valley Conference on Monday, with Hanover Area offensive lineman Justin Kopko verbally committing to be a preferred walk-on.


“I have been going down to games this year,” Kopko told The Citizens Voice. “Coach Rahne sent me a message that he would give me a preferred walk-on and a guaranteed spot on the roster. He told me he wanted me to come to Penn State and make a difference. It is hard to say ‘no’ to Penn State.”

Kopko was listed as a 6-foot-4, 305-pound two-way lineman on the Hawkeyes roster and had offers from Bucknell and Army, which he verbally committed to in the spring. So, a good project for Penn State, to get an interior offensive line prospect who had a scholarship offer from a service academy to come into the program as a walk-on.

Here’s a look at Kopko’s work against some competition in the WVC and Lackawanna Football Conference.