- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Penn State has the top quarterback in the 2013 class committed. On Tuesday, the Nittany Lions sent out an offer to one of the Midwest’s top 2014 signal-callers.
Penn State quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher talked with Wheaton (Ill.) North quarterback Clayton Thorson on Tuesday and offered the 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior.
“I just called him, and he asked me about my games and how the season was going and he told me he and Coach [Bill] O’Brien reviewed my film and would like to offer,” Thorson said.
Thorson calls Fisher every week to stay in touch. Penn State has been interested for some time in Thorson, who also has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Northern Illinois and Northwestern.
This past Saturday, Thorson caught some of the Nittany Lions’ win against Northwestern in which the Lions scored 39 points.
“They got a very good offense with Coach O’Brien,” Thorson said. “It’s an offense that gets you ready for the next level, and that’s a big draw. ... I could see myself playing there. It’s a great offense, the Patriots’ offense, and you can’t go wrong with Penn State.”
As for the sanctions and the four-year bowl ban -- Thorson would be around for only two of them -- Thorson said that does not concern him much.
“They have an overall great tradition regardless of sanctions,” he said. “It’s still a great football school.”
Thorson splits time between quarterback and receiver with a senior at Wheaton North. Thorson has helped lead his team to a 7-0 start, and Wheaton North will square off against Glenbard North on Friday for the conference championship.
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