Penn State loses highly ranked defensive tackle to Florida

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Defensive tackle Thomas Holley, who was one of the prized recruits in Penn State’s class of 2014, has withdrawn his commitment to the Nittany Lions and switched his pledge to Florida, according to multiple reports.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