October 15, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions fans prior to the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

PSU Recruiting: Parker Cothren Decommits From Purdue, Verbally Pledges to Penn State

Parker Cothren, Penn State Welcomes YOU!
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Late last night, news broke that DT/DE Parker Cothren had decommitted from Purdue and verbally committed to Penn State. That news has since been confirmed by multiple sources.

Cothren was offered just a couple weeks ago and took an official visit to Penn State last weekend for the Indiana game. Apparently Cothren like what he saw and decided just a couple days later to become a Nittany Lion. He is the 13th commitment to the class of 2013 and the first player who projects as a defensive tackle.

In high school, Parker plays both DT and DE but at 6’5″ 265 pounds, he should grow out of the defensive end position rather quickly. Parker is unusually good with his hands. A lot of times, kids his size will look good on tape by just over-powering the opposition. Cothren is more technically sound than a lot of defensive linemen that I’ve seen on film. 247Sports lists Cothren as an offensive lineman prospect, but I don’t think that will end up being the case.

Cothren hails from Alabama and was recruited by Ted Roof, who has been strongly recruiting the southern states since his arrival at Penn State. He is the third player to decommit from another school for Penn State since the sanctions were handed out-the first from a Big Ten foe. With Cothren committed, 247 ranks the Nittany Lions’ class as the 41st best class in the country. They technically have about four more spots that they can fill, if they choose to. If the chips fall right, Parker Cothren may one day suit up and play beside current DE commit, Curtis Cothran. So, there’s that.

Tanner Cothren
6’5″ 265 lbs.
Hazel Green, AL

Scout.com    ** (DE)
Rivals.com   *** (DE)
247Sports    ** (OL)

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