Penn State loses DE recruit; class at 24

One of the recruits that decommitted from Vanderbilt to follow James Franklin to Penn State now has decommitted to Penn State, as well.

Louisville, Ky.’s Lloyd Tubman, rated as high as a four-star defensive end by some recruiting services, alerted several media members on Tuesday that he was withdrawing his pledge from the Nittany Lions on the eve of national signing day.

Tubman didn’t eliminate the Lions, saying he will sign this morning with Penn State, Kentucky or Nebraska. However, most feel Tubman will wind up choosing the Wildcats, because he didn’t even make a scheduled visit to Nebraska over the weekend.

If Tubman makes the switch, it will be the fourth school to which he was committed. Initially, he announced he planned to go to Western Kentucky, then changed his mind and committed to Franklin when the coach was at Vanderbilt.

When Franklin took the Penn State job, Tubman almost immediately flipped his commitment to Penn State.

There are indications that Franklin and his staff felt Tubman wasn’t likely to stick with the Lions. On Tuesday, they extended a last-minute scholarship offer to a similar prospect, Alabama athlete Torrence Brown. The 6-foot-4, 228-pound Brown currently is committed to Southern Mississippi but had offers from Arizona State, West Virginia, North Carolina State and UConn, as well – Vanderbilt recruited him, too, when Franklin was there.

“He’s going to be a great college player,” Tuscaloosa Academy coach Robert Johnson said in an interview with “He’s going to be dynamite. He’ still growing, he’s coachable, he’s a smart kid and he still gets after it. He’s going to do great.”

Brown played running back, tight end, wide receiver, defensive end and linebacker as a senior on his high school team.

“He’s a big, rangy kid with good size,” Johnson said. “He has the frame to comfortably carry 250 pounds. He runs very well, jumps well and has real good instincts. Defensively, he reads plays really quickly. He’ll fit in a hybrid scheme as an outside linebacker who can put his hands on the ground and rush the passer.”

Brown isn’t believed to have ever been to Penn State.

In addition to Brown and Tubman, Penn State will be waiting to hear a decision today from Florida cornerback Lamont Simmons. Although a consensus three-star prospect, Simmons owns an impressive list of scholarship offers, including Auburn, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arkansas and Tennessee. He’s expected to choose either Penn State or USC, with most analysts thinking it will be the Trojans.

Penn State already has 24 members in this recruiting class, so, if more than one of the Brown, Tubman and Simmons chooses the Lions, the team will have to make some adjustments with enrollment dates so as not to go over NCAA scholarship limits.