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Defensive Tackle Thomas Holley Commits to Penn State

Thomas Holley, a four-star defensive tackle out of Brooklyn, New York, has committed to play football at Penn State, according to Mike Farrell of

Holley helped lead Lincoln High School to an undefeated season and the Public Schools Athletic League City Championships this year. He is listed at 6’4” and 303 pounds, and the third defensive lineman to commit to play for Penn State in the 2014 class.

Holley was a four star recruit on Rivals, ESPN, and 24/7, and held more than 30 scholarship offers from schools like Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama, and Syracuse. Holley was recruited by tight ends coach John Strollo, and defensive line coach Larry Johnson attended one of Holley’s games during the team’s bye week in September.

Holley didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school, and was actually a major college basketball recruit when he was in middle school.

In his first season of playing football, Holley played in five games and had ten tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery which he returned for a touchdown. Through nine regular season games this season, Holley has compiled 46 tackles, six sacks, and a fumble recovery. During Lincoln’s playoff run, he added a sack and 14 tackles. He will participate in the Under Armour All-American game on January 2.

Holley is Penn State’s 17th commit for the 2014 class and gives Penn State the 26th best class in the nation, according to ESPN. He is the first person to commit to play for the Nittany Lions since Tarow Barney committed in late November.

Here are Thomas Holley’s highlights from last season:

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Katie Blitz

I'm a freshman Public Relations major. I was born in Staten Island, but I prefer to say I'm from New York City. I went to Brooklyn Tech High School, a specialized high school, and I'm very proud of it. I'm a huge sports fan - mostly (and sadly) a New York Jets fan.


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