With National Signing Day quickly approaching this week, VBR has taken some time to preview the five recruits who have already signed their letters and are currently enrolled at Penn State.
Defensive lineman Tarow Barney took a somewhat unconventional route to Penn State compared to the other recruits in the class, beginning his collegiate career at the junior college level. He played at Northwest Mississippi Community College before joining the Nittany Lions.
Barney is a 4-star recruit according to Lions247 and had offers from Illinois, Iowa State and Arizona State, among others. At six-foot-one, 285 pounds, he already had good size from which to build on. He’s a versatile player who could fill in at tackle or end.
The Nittany Lions need to continue to collect talent on the defensive line, as each year it seems that a top player graduates and needs to be replaced. Last season, it was Jordan Hill, this past season it was DaQuan Jones.
Penn State was beginning to build depth on the defensive line with this recruiting class, but that has suddenly changed. Thomas Holley, one of the best recruits in the nation, flipped his commitment from Penn State to Florida after former head coach Bill O’Brien left for the NFL. Current commit Lloyd Tubman, who flipped from Vanderbilt to the Nittany Lions after James Franklin took over, is now undecided on his college choice.
Barney, having experience playing post-high school, should be able to step in right away and contribute for the Nittany Lions on defense. Having him at the school now and going through the conditioning program will be a huge help by the time spring practice rolls around.
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