Penn State secured its seventh verbal commit for the Class of 2014 and second defensive prospect in the form of Daquan Worley, a cornerback from Coatesville, Pa.
Worley committed shortly before noon today in news first reported by Bob Flounders of the Patriot News.
Breaking news: Coatesville CB Daquan Worley verbally committed to PSU’s 2014 class Friday morning…story in the works.
— Bob Flounders (@BobbyFlo7) May 3, 2013
The high school junior from Coatesville Area Senior High School chose the Nittany Lions over offers from Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts, and Pittsburgh.
The 5-10, 175 pound recruit projects as a defensive back at the collegiate level but played some running back in high school. Lining up on both sides of the ball, he rushed for 1779 yards and 20 touchdowns during his junior campaign in 2012 while also contributing 45 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
Worley joins linebacker Troy Reeder along with running backs Mark Allen and Nick Scott and receivers, Troy Apke, DeAndre Thompkins, and Chris Godwin as the recruits committed to Bill O’Brien’s program as part of the 2014 signing class. In addition to being the second in-state player outside of Apke, Worley also breaks a streak of three straight receivers committing to play for Penn State.
Minimal depth in the secondary was an issue for the Nittany Lions and secondary coach — now defensive coordinator — John Butler throughout the 2012 season. Over the past few months, the program has added Kasey Gaines, Neiko Robinson, Jordan Smith, Anthony Smith, and now has Worley in the fold.
While it remains to be seen how these prospects develop, a numbers problem in the defensive backfield looks to soon be a thing of the past.
A highlight video from Worley’s junior season can be found below.