Salesianum School (Wilmington, Del.) LB Troy Reeder became the third member of Penn State's Class of 2014 Tuesday, verbally committing to head coach Bill O'Brien just days after visiting Penn State for an unofficial visit. He becomes the second player to commit following the Junior Day event, as Fairfax, Va., running back Nick Scott issued a verbal pledge after taking in the University Park facilities Saturday.
A big reason for the commitment was PSU linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden.
Coach Vanderlinden is absolutely one of the best coaches around, and he's coached some of the best linebackers that have ever played -- a lot of Butkus Award winners -- and I just like to take in everything he has to say, Reeder told Fight On State in January. We usually talk about normal stuff like school, but I really enjoy our talks about the game of football. He's so knowledgeable, and I love listening to him.
Ranked a three-star prospect by FOX Sports NEXT, Reeder turned down verbal scholarship offers from Boston College, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Vanderbilt. He is ranked by FOX Sports NEXT as the 13th-best linebacker in the Class of 2014.
Fight On State will have more on his commitment once Reeder becomes available.