Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va. Briar Woods) took an official visit to see the Penn State Nittany Lions and the coach he had previously committed to this summer when James Franklin was still with the Vanderbilt Commodores.
One day after the three-star quarterback came to Happy Valley as a Vanderbilt commit he pledged his commitment once again to Franklin, but this time as a Nittany Lion.
“I made my commitment to Penn State,” McSorley said on Monday. “I was on my official and just checking it out, meeting with some of the players and everything felt right. It was a great opportunity so I was hanging with the staff I already knew and felt comfortable with. I love Coach Franklin, I love Coach (Ricky) Rahne, the whole staff feels comfortable with me and feels like I can be an impact player.”
The 6-0, 182-pound McSorley is the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has a strong and accurate arm despite his smaller stature, but his 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash makes him dangerous when he is outside the pocket. He ran for 892 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior year.
McSorley won three state titles his first three years as a starter and fell just short of a fourth in 2013 when Briar Woods fell 35-28 in the state championship game.
With Franklin’s move from Vanderbilt to Penn State there could be more following McSorley’s lead and leaving Vandy for State College.