Penn State recruiting coordinator EJ Barthel to become Albany RBs coach

Penn State recruiting coordinator EJ Barthel has left the program to become Albany’s new running backs coach, he announced Friday via Twitter.

Barthel, a former Rutgers fullback, joined the Nittany Lions in March 2017 after holding a similar job at Temple. Here’s what he posted on Twitter, nearly a year to the day, after taking the Penn State job:

With Barthel leading the charge, the Nittany Lions continued to be a juggernaut on the recruiting trail. Penn State’s class of 2018 is ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 5 in the nation by 247Sports. The class is headline by 5-star defensive end recruit Micah Parsons, a Harrisburg, Pa. native.

The new job marks Barthel’s first opportunity to be a position-specific coach. He was the director of recruiting at Rutgers from March 2015 to January 2016 before signing on with Temple.

He’ll be tasked with turning around what was a moribund rushing offense in 2017. Albany averaged 88.6 rushing yards per game, the lowest in the Colonial Athletic Association.

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