Lions land Vanderbilt commit

For the third time in three days, the Penn State football team has gotten a verbal commitment from James Franklin’s old school, Vanderbilt.

On Monday night, Brendan Brosnan announced that he was swtiching his commitment from the Commodores to the Nittany Lions. Brosnan is a 6-foot-6, 274-pound tackle from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill. who was picked first-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune.

Brosnan’s other top scholarship offers came from Virginia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Boston College and North Carolina State.

“He believes in what Coach Franklin is doing and will do at PSU,” Maine South coach David Inserra said via text message to the Chicago Tribune. “Tough decision, but he will play in the Big Ten. Coaching change is the reason. Franklin and his staff recruited Brosnan.”

Brosnan is the second former Vanderbilt offensive line recruit to flip to Penn State since Franklin was announced as the Nittany Lions’ new head coach on Saturday. Ohio’s Chance Sorrell (6-6, 263) announced that night he instead would be signing with Penn State.

Penn State also got a verbal commitment from former Commodore recruit Lloyd Tubman, a defensive end from Kentucky, on Saturday night, as well and is involved with several other players that pledged to Vanderbilt when Franklin was there. Among them are Tennessee safety Emmanuel Smith, Georgia cornerback Grant Haley and Florida Armani Oruwariye.

Meanwhile, the Lions still are trying to hold onto New York defensive tackle Thomas Holley, considered probably their top recruit before Bill O’Brien and most of his staff left for the Houston Titans. Larry Johnson was a big part of the effort to get Holley to commit to Penn State, and it was believed Holley would probably stay if Johnson remained on Franklin’s staff. However, Johnson is leaving for Ohio state.

Penn State is expected to visit with Holley, but so are other colleges like Florida and Notre Dame.

“I know they were trying to come up for a home visit just to have the opportunity to meet my family and build a relationship. I’m waiting to see when that is,” Holley told the New York Daily News.

“You never know,” he added. “I might build a relationship with the new coach and see what happens.”

Ohio State also was one of Holley’s finalists but dropped out of his recruitment not long before the high school All-American committed to Penn State. It remains to be seen whether or not the Buckeyes, with Johnson, would take another shot at Holley.