Penn State may have lost its Senior Day clash with Nebraska Saturday at Beaver Stadium. But Sunday, it received news from an official visitor that helped soften the blow.
Northwest Mississippi (Senatobia, Miss.) defensive tackle Tarow Barney became the 16th member of Penn State’s Class of 2014, he confirmed to Fight On State Sunday morning. The prospect, who will have three years to play two seasons, said he committed on the final day of an official visit that began Friday afternoon.
“There's a great opportunity for me to come in and earn a starting spot,” Barney wrote in an email to Fight On State. "[Defensive line] coach [Larry] Johnson made a connection with me from the minute he picked me up from the airport. I believe Coach Johnson is the best at what he does. So in order for me to be the best player I can be, I have to be coached by Coach Johnson.
“There was a great and amazing family feel around Penn State. And I felt like Coach [Bill] O'Brien is a good coach and I could add to where he trying to take Penn State football.”
Barney is the second defensive tackle to commit to State’s 2014 cycle, joining New Jersey's Antoine White to fill a need along the defensive line the Lions have been looking to address. He made 36 stops for the Rangers this fall, including 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He intends to enroll in January.
Fight On State will have more on his commitment when the tackle becomes available.