Every year around this time schools across the country play their annual spring game. This is an important time in recruiting because many high school recruits are invited to experience what a game day is like. Thomas Holley attended the Penn State spring game on April 20 and shared his thoughts on how the weekend went.
"It went well," said the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Holley. "I got to see the game and I talked to Coach O'Brien and Coach Johnson for a while after the game. That was pretty cool.
"I didn't really get a chance to talk to any of the players or recruits," he said. "I mostly talked with the coaches.
"I definitely think I could fit in," Holley said. "I have a cousin and a friend that goes to Penn State. It's definitely a place that I could see myself going.
"I can't really say how Penn State compares to other schools because I've only gone on a few visits so far," he explained. "Once I go on more visits I'll be able to determine that."
Whenever Penn State is brought up when talking to a recruit, the sanctions from last year's scandal are always a topic of conversation. Holley, however, isn't worried about them. When asked if they will effect his decision, he quickly shrugged them off.
"No, they won't affect me at all," Holley firmly stated.
Holley, a defensive tackle from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln, boasts an offer sheet that includes schools like Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and many others. He plans to take a closer look at many of these schools.
"I'm going to take some more visits to other schools, probably during the summer time," he said. "I'm trying to get out to all three Florida schools, Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State and a few other schools.
"I have a few camps coming up this weekend," said Holley. "One of them is the Rivals and Under Armour camp. I have my SATs coming up too."
Holley is relatively new to football because he was focusing on basketball.