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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Await Holley's Decision

by on December 11, 2013 2:30 PM

Penn State ended the season on a high note with a victory over Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions are looking to start the offseason with an equally high note as four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley is set to make his decision in the next few days. The Brooklyn native is down to Florida and Penn State according to reports.

"Holley is a kid Penn State has long coveted, and with good reason." Fight On State recruiting reporter Greg Pickel told "With Da'Quan Jones moving on and Kyle Baublitz surprisingly doing the same, Penn State suddenly is a tad bit inexperienced at defensive tackle. Holley sheds blocks well and has shown an ability to use his hands better than most tackles in the class of 2014, and his addition along with Tarow Barney would equate to exactly what Penn State wanted at the tackle position in this cycle."

"That said, Florida has put on quite the show down the stretch, and with a decision pending and no time table set, the two are even heading into Holley's off-season after he and Abraham Lincoln won the PSAL title Tuesday night."

Since the NCAA announced that Penn State's scholarship related sanctions would be reduced early starting in 2014, head coach Bill O'Brien and his staff have been on the road recruiting ever since. O'Brien took in the sights on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium according to reports along with Florida head coach Will Muschamp to see Holley play in the state title game.

Penn State currently has 16 verbal commitments to the 2014 recruiting class. Holley's commitment would make fifth, four-star prospect to give the Nittany Lions his word according to's rating system. Rivals also rated Holley the third best defensive tackle in the 2014 class. The 247 recruiting network lists Holley as a five-star talent.

Prior to narrowing down his list to the Gators and Nittany Lions, the 6-foot-4, 300 pound Holley had received interest from schools like Ohio State, Alabama, Baylor, and Notre Dame among many other schools.


Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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