Bill O’Brien and the Penn State Nittany Lions landed a big commitment on Tuesday afternoon when composite four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley made his pledge to Penn State.
24/7 Sports considers Holley to be a five-star prospect while their composite rankings, which take the rankings of all of the major recruiting website into account, lists him as a four-star prospect. The 6’4, 285 lb. lineman out of Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, is considered the 61st best overall player, third-best overall defensive tackle and the top player in the state of New York for the class of 2013.
Holley chose Penn State over the Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, Florida Gators Florida State State Seminoles, Miami Hurricanes, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Tennessee Volunteers, so he is obviously an impressive prospect.
“[It was] LJ [Larry Johnson, Penn State's defensive line coach] and his track record and Thomas being comfortable with the Penn State coaching staff,” Holley’s uncle, Scott Benjamin told 24/7′s Steve Wiltfong on Tuesday morning. “It was a tough decision because we really liked the guys at Florida, but in the end Thomas made the call. It was a great decision.”