Four-star DT Holley drops Penn State for Florida


Florida has flipped three pretty good prospects in the past few weeks.

Today, it was Penn State defensive tackle commitment Thomas Holley, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound four-star prospect (and five-star according to some individual rankings) out of Brooklyn (N.Y.). Holley had been an Florida/Ohio State/Penn State recruiting battle for much of last year, but committed to the Nittany Lions late in the year before Bill O’Brien had left the program for the NFL. Once the coaching staff changed–namely Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson leaving–Holley wanted to go with one of the programs he had felt comfortable with before, his uncle told Florida was the one.

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Holley, five-star DB Jalen Tabor and three-star RB/ATH Brandon Powell have all switched to the Gators in recent weeks. Tabor had a short-lived commitment to Arizona that he quickly changed, while Powell came aboard after being pledged to Miami. And if you really want to push things, five-star DL Gerald Willis was a heavy lean to in-state LSU before he announced on live television he’d go to the Florida. You might be able to call him a semi-flip.

While Florida has lost some players in recent weeks, the Gators’ hot streak has overshadowed it–and there are expectations of more to come. Florida State QB recruit Treon Harris will be one to watch the next few weeks, as will Alabama ATH commit Bo Scarbrough.

Editor’s note: All references to ratings are to the composite ranking.



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