Thomas Holley, defensive tackle from Lincoln High in Brooklyn, N.Y. , has apparently flipped his commitment from Penn State to the University of Florida.
Mike Farrell, national analyst for Rivals.com, is reporting that Holley has made the decision. It is a huge pick up for the Gators as they rally to finish the 2014 recruiting class. Holley is widely rated a four-star prospect.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Holley has changed his original choice after Penn State coach Bill O'Brien left to become head coach of the NFL Houston Texans.
Holley was ranked one of the top 20 basketball prospects in the country entering high school, but when he learned he wasn't going to grow to 6-foot-7 as doctors initially expected, he agreed to try playing football. He has limited experience after appearing in just 25 football games, but his athleticism has impressed a long list of elite programs, including Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio State.
Holley initially settled on Penn State because he thought veteran defensive line coach Larry Johnson could help him develop into a strong NFL prospect. After O'Brien's departure, Johnson took a job at Ohio State.
Instead, the Gators picked up a big pledge they will be fighting to hold onto until National Signing Day.
The addition of Holley moves the Gators into the No. 9 position in the latest 247Sports.com team rankings. He is the 21st commitment to UF's 2014 class.
Florida 2014 commitments (21)
OT Dontae Angus, 6-6, 300, Philadelphia Martin Luther King
OT Taven Bryan, 6-5, 250, Casper (Wyo.) Natrona County
DT Khairi Clark, 6-3, 325, Hollwood Chaminade-Madonna
DB Duke Dawson, 5-11, 195, Cross City Dixie County
OL Travaris Dorsey, 6-3, 314, Jacksonville Raines
TE DeAndre Goolsby, 6-4, 225, Derby (Kan.)
QB Will Grier, 6-3, 171, Davidson (N.C.)
OT Kavaris Harkless, 6-5, 273, Jacksonville Trinity Christian
DT Thomas Holley, 6-4, 300, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln
CB J.C. Jackson, 6-0, 185, Immokalee
OL Nolan Kelleher, 6-6, 305, Mount Pleasant (S.C.) Wando
WR Ermon Lane, 6-3, 194, Homestead
TE C’yontai Lewis, 6-5, 208, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge
RB Brandon Powell, 5-9, 180, Deerfield Beach
DE Justus Reed, 6-3, 217, Clearwater Central Catholic
OT Drew Sarvary, 6-6, 310, Tallahassee North Florida Christian, via Tyler (Texas) JC
OT David Sharpe, 6-6, 318, Jacksonville Providence
TE Moral Stephens, 6-4, 200, Perry
WR Ryan Sousa, 6-1, 177, Orlando Lake Nona
CB Jalen Tabor, 6-1, 182, Washington, D.C., Friendship Collegiate
DT Gerald Willis III, 6-3, 276, New Orleans Edna Karr
S Quincy Wilson, 6-1, 196, Fort Lauderdale UniversityCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun