NCF On The Trail: Daquan Worley

Penn State lands commitment No. 14 

October, 21, 2013
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Penn State’s big recruiting week picked up some more steam late Sunday night when four-star running back Johnathan Thomas (Danvers, Mass./St. John’s Prep) flipped his commitment from Maryland to the Nittany Lions.

A four-star senior, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Thomas committed to Maryland over Arkansas on May 9, but started to think more and more about Penn State when the Nittany Lions threw an offer his way in September.

Best Big Ten recruiters 

October, 15, 2013
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Editor's note: For a look at the national recruiter power rankings based only on Class of 2014 success, click here.

Michigan and Ohio State both sit in the top 10 recruiting rankings this year after each landed top 10 classes in 2013 -- the Buckeyes were third, while the Wolverines were sixth.

That's why it should come as no surprise that the two schools have the top four recruiters in the Big Ten Conference for the Class of 2014 so far.

Here's a look at the top 10 recruiters in the Big Ten and why they deserve such high praise:


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B1G high school performers 

October, 14, 2013
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Here are this week's top performances from Big Ten commits and targets:

Illinois

Mike Dudek: Seven receptions, 97 yards, one touchdown, 103 kick return yards and a touchdown in a 40-25 win over Waubonise Valley.

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B1G high school performers 

September, 9, 2013
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Big Ten commits and targets were all over the field making plays this weekend for their teams. Here is a look at some of the top high school performances from Big Ten prospects.

Illinois
Mike Dudek: The Neuqua Valley (Ill.) receiver had 12 receptions for 244 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown touchdown in a 58-35 loss to Naperville Central.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Nittany Lions have nearly closed out their 2014 class and have basically addressed every need. But what were the biggest needs heading into this class anyway, and just how well has PSU done?

NittanyNation takes a closer look at PSU's five areas of need in the 2014 class and just what they've achieved already with this group.


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Tales From The Road: Penn State 

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Every Wednesday, as part of a RecruitingNation-wide series, NittanyNation will take a closer look at what's going on in the world of Penn State recruiting.

This week's targets: Defensive coordinator John Butler stopped by Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood on Tuesday, his second visit there this month, to see 2015 linebacker Jake Cooper.


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Penn State's seventh commit wasn't much of a surprise, but Bill O'Brien will still take it.

Cornerback Daquan Worley (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) committed Friday according to his high school coach, Matt Ortega, and became the Nittany Lions' first defensive back of the 2014 class. The 5-foot-10, 171-pound recruit was initially going to make a commitment earlier this week but held off at the advice of Ortega.

Worley had narrowed his choices to Georgia Tech, Penn State and Rutgers. He told ESPN he was just looking for some reassurance and spoke to PSU linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden on Tuesday.

"Everything they've been through, they stick together," Worley said shortly after receiving a PSU offer last month. "That's what I look for, and that's what I thought about a lot with Penn State."

Worley finished his junior season with 40-plus tackles and three interceptions. On offense, the two-way starter wound up with 1,779 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.

He also held scholarship offers from Old Dominion, Pitt and UMass.
Cornerback Daquan Worley (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) said he might not commit on Tuesday after all.

The 2014 prospect was set to decide between Georgia Tech, Penn State and Rutgers. But after talking with his head coach on Monday, the defensive back believed it would probably be best to hold off on an immediate announcement.

"There's just a couple more things I need to clear up," he said Monday evening. "There's some things I just want to be reassured with."

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Daquan Worley's father turned to him as they wandered the halls to Bill O'Brien's office during Friday's unofficial visit.

"You think it's going to happen?" the elder Worley asked, referring to a scholarship.

"I don't know," said Daquan, a cornerback out of Coatesville (Pa.) High School.

Worley found himself in this same spot two months before, a day before Penn State's junior day. O'Brien invited the 5-foot-10 cornerback inside his office that first time. Worley thought an offer would come, but O'Brien instead steered clear of scholarship talk. Worley worried this would be more of the same.


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