Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Four-star LB no longer interested in PSU
By Josh Moyer
Over the past week, the Nittany Lions watched some of their top remaining targets fly off their big board. First came Trey Johnson's commitment to Ohio State, then David Williams' verbal to South Carolina, followed up by Tyler Boyd's pledge to Pitt.
And Tuesday, Penn State heard from yet another highly touted prospect that he was no longer considering the school.
Wisconsin commit Garret Dooley (Rochester, Ill./Rochester) said Tuesday afternoon that he finally spoke with his family and concluded that the Badgers remained the right fit. He thought about taking an official visit to Happy Valley but informed Penn State's staff a few days ago that wouldn't be necessary.
"I think I always knew that [Wisconsin] was the place and that I would never change," Dooley said. "I just kind of realized that, no matter what happens, Wisconsin will always be my school."
The four-star linebacker earned a PSU offer soon after Bret Bielema defected from Wisconsin. He told ESPN on New Year's Day that he still wasn't certain whether he would visit State College, Pa., but he said the picture became much clearer a few days later.
Dooley deflected questions about whether O'Brien's flirtation with the NFL persuaded him to stick with the Badgers, reiterating he talked the decision over with his parents and "realized there was no better fit."
Dooley and the other three coveted recruits were all considered long-shots to become PSU commits. But, in just a few days, PSU watched them all head to different schools -- with three now a members of rival squads.