ESPN's Roger Brown is reporting tonight on the East Recruiting Blog that Worcester Academy post-graduate defensive back Jordan Lucas has verbally committed to Penn State, the first such commitment for new head coach Bill O'Brien.
The New Rochelle, N.Y. native told Brown last week he was probably going to commit to Temple, but those plans took a 180-degree turn in a hurry, as Brown writes:
Lucas received his scholarship offer Monday morning, when he met with three Penn State coaches: defensive coordinator Ted Roof, secondary coach John Butler and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden.
"It happened pretty fast,” Lucas said. “They contacted me late last week and let me know they were interested. We had a good meeting here at Worcester – I got a good feeling for them, and they got a good feeling for me.”
Lucas said he was told he will be able to compete for playing time in the defensive backfield and on special teams right away.
"That was the biggest thing – he gets to come in and compete for a starting position right away,” Jordan's father, Vincent, said. “They made it clear they are very thin in the defensive backfield. It's a great opportunity.”
Lucas also had offers from Akron, Massachusetts, Old Dominion and Temple.
"I was already familiar with Penn State because they recruited me out of high school,” Lucas said. “I took a visit when they played Alabama last season. My parents like the academic side of things, and I like the tradition that Penn State carries.
"Coach O'Brien [Penn State coach Bill O'Brien] wants to do big things right away.”
Brown is also reporting on his popular New Hampshire Football Report that Philips Exeter tight end Cameron Shorey committed to UNH earlier today.
"I committed [Monday] morning in Coach Mac's [UNH coach Sean McDonnell's] office," the Calais, Maine native told Brown. "He asked me what I was thinking and I told him I wanted to be a Wildcat. The staff and players, both current and prospective, were just my kind of people.
"I was looking for a place where I would be comfortable and be able to make an impact and develop my own skills at the same time, and I knew this was it. After my position meeting with [Brian] Barbato I was feeling pretty good about my role as a tight end in their offense."