Penn State defensive tackle commit Derek Dowrey is eager to visit Lions and meet new head coach Bill O'Brien.
Since the case against former Penn State
assistant coach Jerry Sandusky broke in November, Derek Dowrey
, a 2012 defensive tackle commit never never wavered in his commitment to the Nittany Lions. The Virginia native has remained patient and loyal awaiting news of a new coach. With the recent hiring of New England offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, Dowrey will take his official visit to Happy Valley this weekend and looks forward to meeting the new coach.
"I am glad to have a name and a face instead of a question mark."
"I honesty had never heard of coach O'Brien and have only talked to him briefly when he called me last night, but I look forward to meeting him and I am sure he'll be great since he definitely brings that NFL aspect into his coaching style."
O'Brien, who is juggling the Pats' playoff run and transitioning to Penn State, called Dowrey to briefly discuss his weekend visit to Happy Valley.
"He called to just say hello and that he'll be at Penn State on Sunday because he'll be coaching Saturday. He was just making sure I was in the loop with things that are going on. It was only a couple minute conversation."
For Dowrey, this is one giant piece to the puzzle. Dowrey will be in Happy Valley Friday afternoon. For more on the 6-foot-4, 308-pound tackle, keep it logged on to FOX Sports Next and Scout.com.