LB Troy Reeder, 6-foot-3, 235-pound (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) verbally committed to Penn State yesterday. Reeder is pure athlete who originally committed to North Carolina following his sophomore year to play lacrosse, but has since decided to play football in college.
Reeder is one of the top guys on Penn State’s big board for the 2014 class. But, what had me even more interested was what he had to say about Bill O’Brien and how long the coach would be staying at PSU.
Q & A with ESPN’s Josh Moyer:
[ESPN] NN: Honestly, talking to you the past few times, it seemed like you were a heavy lean toward PSU. Is that right, or did that visit just really kind of propel PSU to the top?
TR: It was probably my top school going into the visit, but I was talking about when I wanted to decide, and I was saying I wanted to decide before summer. And after that visit and everything I saw there, I knew there wasn’t going to be a spot that I found that would satisfy me any better. I knew this is where I wanted to be, and I was certain of it, so I wanted to make the commitment now.
Along with the visit, everything was just so impressive. My family and I got to sit down with Coach O’Brien, and he talked about where the program was going. He told me he was going to see everyone at Penn State through all the sanctions and that he would be there for my career, so that was really huge. I have so much respect for him, and I talked to Coach Vanderlinden a lot. He’s a great, great guy.
So if you do the math, BOB is telling the 2014 recruits he will be at Penn State through their careers, that means at the very least, 5 more years. For the first time, some bit of reassurance was given publicly that Bill O’Brien is here for more than just “the next year.” Adam Breneman and the 2013 guys had always hinted that BOB would be here for the long haul, but never actually came out and said it like Reeder did. I don’t know exactly why O’Brien won’t come out and say it himself, but my best guess is that coaches are told by their agent not to lock themselves into a contract. If he comes out and says, “I’ll be here for the next five years,” there goes any leverage his agent can use. Regardless, this is great news to hear that BOB is telling 2014 recruits that he will be here for their collegiate careers and every Penn State fan can now sleep a little better.
Ps. Penn State also received a commitment from WR Luke Vadas (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) who chose to run-on at Penn State over a preferred walk-on at Ohio State, Pitt, Maryland, and a scholarship offer from Marshall.