Not having scholarships available isn't stopping Penn State's Bill O'Brien from bringing in Division I-caliber football talent.
Jack Seymour, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback from Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, passed up scholarship offers from Ball State, Western Michigan and Southern Illinois to go to Penn State as a preferred walk-on, several internet sites reported on Thursday.
Seymour said he just felt Penn State was a better fit for him.
"Deciding on Penn State was easy once the offer was on the table," Seymour said. "I was always looking for a perfect fit of the great academics and the football -- which has the best tradition in college football, and Beaver Stadium is remarkable. I felt that Penn State was the perfect combination because those two things are huge at Penn State. I felt that getting the chance to walk on and compete for a spot was the best possible choice for me. Also, getting the opportunity to play and be coached under Coach Bill O'Brien and [quarterbacks coach] Charlie Fischer is a once in a lifetime experience and the perfect opportunity for me."
Seymour was one of a large group of prospective walk-ons who visited Penn State last weekend. Seymour's parents were there, also.
"I felt that it was a really special place," Seymour said. "Coach O'Brien is doing the best job he could there. He's a very approachable and genuine coach. I can't wait for the future with him and the other coaches and the players."
Despite missing two games with an ankle injury last fall, Seymour threw for 1,570 yards and 17 touchdowns.
"I have coached a large number of quarterbacks, but rarely have I seen one as quick on his feet, with the downfield vision and accuracy, and with the ability to throw passes on target while dodging defenders," said quarterback instructor William Hewlett. "Penn State scored a home run, as did Jack, when the two got together. If given the chance, I know Jack will be a tremendous asset to the team. He has all the tools to be a great quarterback."
Seymour is the third non-scholarship quarterback to decide to go to Penn State, joining Austin Whipple and D.J. Crook, who enrolled earlier this month. The Nittany Lions also have sophomore scholarship quarterbacks Steven Bench and Tyler Ferguson on the current roster with blue-chip signal-caller Christian Hackenberg expected to sign a letter-of-intent in February.
Penn State is limited to 15 incoming scholarships for the next four years because of NCAA sanctions.