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Penn State Football Recruiting: Thomas Holley to Make Decision Within Days

Highly sought-after defensive tackle recruit Thomas Holley is set to make his decision by the end of this week according to The New York Post. Holley is a 4-star prospect who has reportedly narrowed his choice of schools down to Penn State and Florida. The Brooklyn native is preparing to lead Abraham Lincoln High School in the Public Schools Athletic League championship game this evening. The game will be played at Yankee Stadium and is expected to feature both Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien and Florida head coach Will Muschamp in attendance.

Holley, who exploded onto the recruiting scene in just his second year of high school football, will be a great addition to whichever defense he joins. The 6-4 300-pound defensive tackle was a star on the basketball court, but his size and skill on the gridiron have turned him in to a popular recruit among the best college football programs in the country.

With the graduation of DaQuan Jones this season and the fact that guys like Deion Barnes, C.J. Olaniyan and Anthony Zettel are another year older, the defensive line is going to be a need in the future for the Nittany Lions. Their current recruiting class of 16 includes just two defensive lineman, Antoine White and Tarow Barney.

According to, Holley is the 3rd-highest ranked defensive tackle in the country and the No. 63 player overall.

Head coach Bill O’Brien has already shown an ability to bring top talent to Penn State despite not being eligible for postseason play. Last year’s recruiting class included top talent like quarterback Christian Hackenberg and tight end Adam Breneman. The current class already has commitments from other 4-star players including: Michael O’Connor, Mike Gesicki, Chris Godwin and De’Andre Thompkins.

Check back with VBR later this week to read more on Holley’s decision.

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