|School:||McKeesport Area HS, McKeesport, PA|
"We made it to the first round of the playoffs and that was it," said the 6'3" linebacker who currently weighs 245 pounds. "We were 6-4. I think I improved a lot. I was making more tackles this year. I was in the right spot at the right time."
Dontey registered approximately 130 tackles, including 10 for a loss and 6 sacks. He also forced 2 fumbles and recovered one.
The pertinent question is whether or not he still considers himself committed to Penn State despite the abysmal season the Nittany Lions have had.
"Yeah, definitely. It's a down year, but they just have to make a couple of improvements. It's a little late now, but they'll be alright."
Have any other schools contacted him recently?
"Just West Virginia. I told them I was still going to Penn State."
Dontey keeps in touch with several of Penn State's current verbal commitments.
"I was up at the game when they played Ohio State. I saw A.Q. [Shipley], Tyrell [Sales] and a couple of other kids (including Mike Lucian)."
Brown, who also communicates online with several PSU verbals, believes that like him, the others excited to get to PSU.
"They all sound like they're still going. None of them talked to me about changing their mind or anything."
Penn State Defensive Coordinator Tom Bradley has been recruiting Dontey. The Nittany Lions have Brown slated to play middle linebacker, a position that will be vacated by the departures of Gino Capone and Andy Ryland at the end of this season.
"He called me Sunday. He said that they can start recruiting on December 1, so he's going to come out to see me.
"They said I have a good chance to play next year."
Brown, who attended both the Boston College and Ohio State games this season, has scheduled a return trip to Happy Valley next month.
"I have my official on the 5th of December. I think Mike Lucian's going up that weekend too."
Having the big middle linebacker plugging holes and preventing opponents from running the ball down the throat of the PSU defense should give Penn State football fans hope for the future.