Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators strike again. On Wednesday, star recruit Thomas Holley announced that he is changing his commitment from Penn State to Florida. Holley is ranked as the No. 51-overall recruit and No. 3 defensive tackle, according to ESPN Recruiting Nation.
The departure of former Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien to the NFL and defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. to Ohio State seemed to seal the deal for Holley.
“I think it was just kind of hard for me to build a relationship with a coaching staff in two weeks, when I had spent 10 months building a relationship with the previous coaching staff,” Holley said. “It really came down to the why between Penn State and Florida. At Florida, I already had a great relationship with the coaching staff, so it made it an easier decision.”
For the Florida fans questioning why Holley didn’t following Johnson, who was his recruiter at Penn State, to the Buckeyes, the 6’4, 303 pound behemoth never even saw Columbus as a destination.
“It wasn’t a place I felt like I fit in to,” Holley said. “I just kind of took them out of the list. … I stuck to what I knew and what was best for me, and that was Florida.”
“Even after the coaching staff change, I took my time, I sat down with my family and weighed out all my options, and that’s what it came down to. This is my last hoorah, as far as schools. I don’t plan on changing up anytime soon. I don’t plan on decommitting from Florida and going somewhere else. This is it for me.”
Once again, Muschamp and his staff have proven to be masters at closing on recruits down the stretch. The Gators recently flipped the No. 11-overall ranked player for 2014, Jalen Tabor, who is already on campus.