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Penn State Football Recruiting: Nittany Lions Land 4-Star DT Thomas Holley


After much speculation, 4-star defensive tackle recruit Thomas Holley has officially chosen to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions. Holley had narrowed his choice down to Penn State and Florida, and it was reported last week that a decision would be coming within days. Holley becomes the 17th member of Penn State’s 2014 recruiting class.

Holley has been a stand out in high school in Brooklyn New York, despite only playing for two years. His huge 6-4, 300-pound frame makes him a great size for the position. Holley was a huge part of Lincoln High School’s success this season, finishing undefeated and winning the city title. He recorded a sack in the championship game on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

This commitment is yet another high-profile recruiting for Bill O’Brien. Over the last two seasons, despite difficult circumstances that make recruiting tough, O’Brien has brought several highly sought-after prospects to Penn State. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and tight end Adam Breneman were the highlights of the Nittany Lions’ 2012 recruiting class.

Holley joins fellow 4-star recruits Michael O’Connor, Mike Gesicki, Chris Godwin and De’Andre Thompkins as part of the 2014 class.

It’s not yet clear how much Holley will see the field next season, as Penn State has some depth returning on the defensive line. The biggest loss is All-Big Ten tackle DaQuan Jones.

With the recruiting season heating up and National Signing Day less than two months away, stay tuned to VBR for the latest Penn State news.

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  • BSORaiderErie

    Good for Larry Johnson, to have some talent to work with and this kid can look at other young men like himself, with little experience but can become an NFL player. Does anybody know anything about the Linebacker recruit? I don’t care about the stars but what our coaches see in him. Look we’ll be even younger next year and I think many young players will have playing time. I also believe BOB is staying until Hackenburg leaves, and who knows maybe he will do what JoePa did and stay even longer because of State College and her people. Have a great day and God Bless America!