Worcester (Mass.) Academy quarterback D.J. Crook spent the last three years looking for the right fit. Despite a productive high school career, he never could quite get high enough on the board at the position to haul in a coveted FBS offer.
Penn State is looking for depth at the quarterback position.
So Crook will take a different approach, instead joining the Penn State program in the spring as one of Bill O'Brien's 'run-ons.'
"I visited Penn State a couple of times, it was a place that I really wanted to go," he said. "I had an opportunity to go to Holy Cross, that was my only offer after my senior year. I went to Worcester Academy basically for more opportunities, and I ended up with the place that I always wanted to go.
"I'm going to be walking on at Penn State starting on January 5. I have a lot coming for me in the next few weeks."
The Nittany Lions took a look at Crook while he was a student at Hyannis (Mass.) Barnstable last year. As a junior in 2010, Crook set school records with 2,813 passing yards and 33 touchdown passes. He finished his career with 77 touchdown passes.
"I got in touch with Coach Fisher, he got back to me right away with a walk-on spot," he said. "We were just waiting for my application to go through and yesterday we got the word.
"Basically I got the go-ahead that I had a spot on the team like last week. I was just waiting for my application to go through, that took another week or so. They need walk-ons and I'm just happy to be on the team."
Crook will major in engineering when he arrives at Penn State in a few weeks. He said that he's hoping to make his mark on the program while on campus.
"I plan on working hard, I plan on helping the team as much as I can," he said. "They were unbelievable this year, and just the way they played this year really caught my eye. I look up to those guys and I hope to do the same when I get down there."