McSorley Tracing Future Plans

The Virginia quarterback commit details his official visit to Happy Valley and plans for his career at Penn State.

Trace McSorley fell in love with Penn State on his first visit to University Park. During his second, he found out why.

Formerly a Vanderbilt commit, the Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods three-star quarterback flipped to the Lions following an unofficial visit two weekends ago. He spent last weekend on an official hosted by quarterback Austin Whipple.

"It was a lot of fun I had great time," McSorley said. "We checked out the stadium and went through there, hit the hockey game Saturday, and did a little more in-depth with strength and conditioning with the training staff Sunday, among other things.

"Just seeing some of the buildings [during a Saturday tour] that are there, and a little bit more of campus, it all gave me a good feel for being there."

Standing 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, McSorley completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,690 yards and 30 touchdowns to go along with six interceptions for the 13-2 Falcons. He also made 47 tackles and had an interception, and the possibility of moving to safety has come up.

He said he has discussed it with the Penn State coaching staff, but not much. The Lions have just two other scholarship quarterbacks in returning starter Christian Hackenberg and January enrollee Michael O'Connor. So at least for the time being, McSorley expects to join them in the quarterbacks' room and compete. He said he has not had discussions about potentially redshirting.

"Right now, they want me as a quarterback," McSorley said. "They want me to come in and compete with O'Connor and Christian and stuff like that, and that's the way we're going. They only have two scholarship quarterbacks and Austin is the third, and they want to have three or four on the roster, so they want me there as quarterback.

"They want me to come in and compete when I get there, and be ready to … try and earn my spot."

The group will learn under the tutelage of new quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne. McSorley said he learned plenty about the assistant during his visit.

"He's a really cool coach," McSorley said. "I did a lot of talking with him, and I got a good feel for playing for him. He's the kind of coach that, he's going to try and make guys compete and try for everything, and bring out the best in everyone.

"I think what I took from it most is that he's going to make everyone compete."

McSorely will arrive at University Park in late June, just over a month before preseason camp gets underway. In the meantime, he wants to improve his speed at the same time he is adding weight. The signal caller said he hopes to be between 195 to 200 pounds when he arrives, adding he will dig into the playbook as soon as he receives it after signing Feb. 5.

Of course, that date is merely days, not months, away. With a school secured, and a commitment that's firm, McSorley is ready to get to work.

"My favorite part was really just how close a lot of the guys on the team are," McSorley said. "Everyone went out together and hung out, and everyone was close.

"It was like a family, and pretty much had that feel to it. That was awesome, and I'm excited to get back up there."

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