Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Defensive tackle Thomas Holley, who was one of the prized recruits in Penn State’s class of 2014, has withdrawn his commitment to the Nittany Lions and switched his pledge to Florida, according to multiple reports.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 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

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