Three-star quarterback Trace McSorley has flipped his commitment from Vanderbilt to Penn State, according to a report by 247sports’ Barton Simmons. Rivals’ Adam Friedman reports that James Franklin was the primary reason for McSorley’s commitment to the Nittany Lions.
Just spoke to Trace McSorley. The biggest reason for his flip to #PSU was his comfort level with James Franklin
— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) January 20, 2014
McSorley joins four-star defensive end Lloyd Tubman, three-star offensive tackle Chance Sorrell, and three-star offensive lineman Brendan Brosnan as the first recruits of the Franklin era at Penn State. All four players had previously committed to Franklin at Vanderbilt.
Prior to committing to play for James Franklin, McSorley had also received scholarship offers from schools including Boston College, Connecticut, North Carolina, N.C. State, Purdue, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. After visiting Penn State this past weekend, McSorley decided to commit to play for Franklin again, this time in the blue and white.
“I love Coach Franklin, I love Coach (Ricky) Rahne, the whole staff feels comfortable with me and feels like I can be an impact player,” McSorley told 247sports’ Simmons.
The 6-foot, 182-pound dual-threat quarterback runs a 4.53 40-yard dash. Rivals lists him as an athlete and 247sports also lists him as a safety, indicating that the northern Virginia native from Briar Woods High School may be able to play both sides of the ball for the Nittany Lions. However, given that Penn State only has two other scholarship quarterbacks at the moment, Christian Hackenberg and the recently arrived Michael O’Connor, it’s more likely that Franklin will play McSorley as a signal-caller.
With McSorley’s commitment, Penn State’s 2014 recruiting class is now ranked 21st in the country, per Rivals. And for a taste of what McSorley might look like playing for the Nittany Lions, embedded below is his highlight video from last April, courtesy of ESPN: