Penn State added a big piece to its Class of 2014 puzzle, finally securing the commitment of five-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley. The senior from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln becomes the 17th member of the Nittany Lions' class.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound prospect chose the Nittany Lions over Florida. He also had scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Tennessee, among others.
The news was confirmed to 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong by Holley's head coach, Shawn O'Connor.
"[It was] LJ and his track record and Thomas being comfortable with the Penn State coaching staff," Holley's uncle, Scott Benjamin told Wiltfong on Tuesday morning. "It was a tough decision because we really liked the guys at Florida, but in the end Thomas made the call. It was a great decision."
The senior prospect is the No. 24 player in the country, according to 247Sports. He is the nation's No. 4 defensive tackle and is the top player in the state of New York according to 247Sports and the 247Sports Composite.
He took his official visit to Penn State for the Michigan game on the weekend of October 12. He previously visited for the Blue-White Game in April and for a Junior Day in February.
Holley played his first season of football as a junior, leading Lincoln to the PSAL semifinals while recording 74 tackles and 10 sacks in eight games. He led his team to the PSAL title as a senior.