Saturday, February 13, 2016

Penn State loses highly ranked defensive tackle to Florida

Penn State lost its first high school recruit since the departure of Bill O'Brien when defensive tackle Thomas Holley of Brooklyn, N.Y., said he was switching his commitment to Florida.

Penn State loses highly ranked defensive tackle to Florida

Lincoln Railsplitters´ Thomas Holley. (Gregory Payan/AP)
Lincoln Railsplitters' Thomas Holley. (Gregory Payan/AP)

Defensive tackle Thomas Holley, who was one of the prized recruits in Penn State’s class of 2014, has withdrawn his commitment to the Nittany Lions and switched his pledge to Florida, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Holley, a four-star player from Brooklyn, N.Y., flipped his commitment two days after Larry Johnson left Penn State as defensive line coach. Holley had cited Johnson, who had recruited him out of Abraham Lincoln High School, as the reason he chose Penn State over Florida.

Johnson was expected to be announced officially Wednesday as the new defensive line coach at Ohio State.

Holley is the first player to withdraw his commitment since Bill O’Brien left as head coach and was succeeded by James Franklin. Franklin has seen three commitments to Vanderbilt, his former school, flip their decisions to Penn State.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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