Penn State hosted upwards of 50 prospects for Saturday’s contest with Nebraska, and the final home game of the season. Included in that number was Mississippi JUCO defensive tackle Tarow Barney, who was in town on his official visit. Before departing campus on Sunday, Barney verbally committed to Penn State.
The 6’3″, 285 lb. Barney is almost a lock to end up at defensive tackle, but he has played both tackle and end at Northwest Mississippi Community College. His official offers included Iowa State, Kansas State, Arizona State, Colorado, and Illionis, among others. Alabama had also shown high interest in Barney, but was waiting on his academics to check out before offering. PSU has already reviewed them, and offered late last month after feeling comfortable.
Barney could make an immediate impact in the 2014 season, as he intends to enroll in January, and will have 3 years to play 2 seasons. With Kyle Baublitz graduating and moving on in May, as well as DaQuan Jones’ eligibility expiring after this year, Austin Johnson will be only player returning at tackle with significant experience.
Barney’s commitment brings the PSU class to 16, and with 3 of those scheduled to enroll in January, and count towards last year’s class, PSU could take up to 7 additional players in this class.
Welcome to Penn State, Tarow!
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