Three-star quarterback Trace McSorley took an official visit to Penn State over the weekend. He arrived as a Vanderbilt commit but the staff he had committed to was now recruiting him to Penn State. For McSorley the message rang true again on a new campus and he made the decision to commit to James Franklin for a second time.
“I made my commitment to Penn State,” McSorley said on Monday. “I was on my official and just checking it out, meeting with some of the players and everything felt right. It was a great opportunity so I was hanging with the staff I already knew and felt comfortable with. 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.”
It was Franklin, Rahne and the rest of the Penn State coaching staff that attracted McSorley’s initial interest in visiting but after learning more about the Penn State program, the Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods standout decided that it had everything he was looking for.
“The staff is what really got me interested and looking at it,” he said. “Once I did some research and found out that they’re the 37th ranked school in the nation, so still good academics and you can get a good degree. The alumni base is one of the biggest in the country as far as alumni go. Being able to come to a place with this tradition, I knew they had tradition but once I got here you could come and really feel what it’s all about.”
McSorley has yet to hear from the new Vanderbilt coaching staff and new head coach Derek Mason but he doesn’t plan on taking any more visits following his new commitment, including an official visit that was scheduled for next weekend in Nashville.
“I’m locked down so I’m just going to take my official visit here and that’s it,” he said.
Already McSorley is excited about the prospect of lining up in Happy Valley.
“I’m getting chills thinking about running out of that tunnel in front of 100,000 and it’s an amazing feeling and I can’t wait for it.”}