- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
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Defensive tackle Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln) has committed to Penn State according to his head coach. Holley, No. 87 in the ESPN 300, chose the Nittany Lions over Florida on Monday.
Holley, the No. 7 ranked defensive tackle in the class, is a huge addition to Penn State’s 2014 class. At 6-foot-4, 303 pounds, he is third defensive tackle commit for coach Bill O’Brien.
He joins junior college lineman Tarow Barney (Senatobia, Miss./Northwest Mississippi Community College) and Antoine White (Millville, N.J./Millville) up front to add some outstanding depth to the roster.
Holley took his official visit to Penn State in October and took a trip out to Florida in late November. He also received in-home visits from both coaching staffs, but ultimately chose the Nittany Lions.
The middle of the line was important to build depth as senior DaQuan Jones is graduating and Kyle Baublitz will not be returning next season. Jones, 6-3 and 318 pounds, was awarded as Penn State’s most outstanding senior player at the annual end of the year banquet.
Holley will eventually help fill that void, as he has similar size and a similar build as Jones.
He also adds to a growing class already ranked No. 26 in the ESPN class rankings. His commitment gives the Nittany Lions eight commitments ranked as four-stars and nine three-star commitments.