Sunday, November 24, 2013
Penn State lands juco defensive tackle
By Tom VanHaaren
Penn State lost in overtime 23-20 to Nebraska on Saturday. The Nittany Lions had a ton of top targets on hand for the game, and they ended up picking up a commitment on Sunday.
Juco defensive lineman Tarow Barney (Senatobia, Miss./Northwest Mississippi Community College) committed to Penn State after taking an official visit, according to multiple reports.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound defender had offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Miami (Oh), Middle Tennessee State, Penn State and others. He joins Antoine White (Millville, N.J./Millville) as the two defensive line commits in this class.
Barney is a welcomed addition to the class, as Penn State had been looking for defensive line help. ESPN 300 lineman Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln) is still on the board so adding Holley and Barney to this class would be a huge deal for the future of the defense.
The big defensive tackle could be an immediate contributor because of his experience. That's a good thing because the Penn State defensive line is losing a few key contributors from this season.
This is commit No. 16 for the Nittany Lions in the 2014 class, but the first junior-college commitment.