UA Game: Thomas Holley

ORLANDO - Penn State defensive tackle commit Thomas Holley discusses his status with Penn State & what will happen should Bill O'Brien & Larry Johnson leave the Nittany Lions.

Defensive tackle Thomas Holley of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln committed to Penn State this month, but with rumors flying that Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien may head to the Houston Texans, Holley spoke with Coach O'Brien on Saturday about the coach's status in Happy Valley.

"He said he was staying, but at the same time, he didn't give me a definite answer," Holley said. "So, I'm waiting to see what's going to happen. A lot can change from this week to next week."

If O'Brien does head to the NFL, will Holley decommit from Penn State?

"I'll sit down with my family and coach and go from there," Holley said. "I'm close with another assistant (Penn State defensive coordinator Larry Johnson), so I'll see what he does, too."

Notre Dame was in hot pursuit of the four-star lineman throughout his recruiting process, and the Irish are still in contact.

"Well, Coach Diaco left, and he was my main recruiter, so now I talk to Coach Elston once in a while," Holley said. "It would be them and Florida if I decided (to go elsewhere), but like I said, I'm not sure yet."

To Holley, Notre Dame's great on paper, but he'll have to consider overall fit for him personally at the end of the day.

"It's a great campus," Holley said. "It's beautiful. The coaches are great, and it's great academically. I could see myself there (now), yeah I could. I didn't feel like it was the right fit for me earlier. It was a great school, but Penn State was the better fit. But things change, so we'll see what happens. But right now, I'm completely committed to Penn State."

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