One of the many things Penn State lacked on offense this past season was speed. The absence of big plays, even the threat of big plays, proved detrimental to the Nittany Lions efforts to complement a defensive unit that ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense. Fortunately, the coaching staff was able to secure verbal commitments from several coveted prospects blessed with blazing speed, namely Derrick Williams, Justin King, Lydell Sargeant, Willie Harriott, Devin Fentress and Knowledge Timmons. Timmons visited State College this past weekend and recently spoke to FightOnState.com about his future at Penn State.
Each high school football recruit is allowed five official visits. Timmons, who exhausted his allotment by taking official visits to Boston College, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina State and Minnesota, took an unofficial visit to Happy Valley last Friday night through Saturday evening.
Despite having to pay his own way, the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder from William Penn High in York, Pa., had a great time.
It was a fun weekend, Timmons said. It was like family. I felt more comfortable around those guys than I did at any other place. It was an awesome time.
I was chillin with Tony Hunt, Terrell [Golden] and Derrick Williams a little bit. The campus is beautiful. Its just all-around great up there. All the players stick together and all of the coaching staff loves the players and everything. You get everything at Penn State. Thats why I committed there. I needed to see that because I really didnt go on a visit earlier.
Where is the Nittany Lion coaching staff looking to play Timmons?
Either receiver or safety, he replied.
Maybe a little corner, answered Timmons. The coaches said wherever I could contribute the most early, thats where Im going to play. Probably receiver because they have a few safeties, but its probably kind of both because theyre kind of lacking in both spots. If somebody goes down at receiver I could play there, if somebody goes down at safety, I could play there. It really doesnt matter. I like both sides of the ball, so whatever one I play, Ill be fine with it.
Timmons, also a standout in track, has expressed interest in running track in college. Is the Nittany Lion coaching staff open to that possibility?
Yeah, said Timmons, they said its a possibility, but I think probably my first few years Ill be so focused on football. They said its there, its an option. If I want to, I can.
There was at least one Internet rumor that Timmons was still considering other schools? Is there a chance he could take another visit elsewhere?
Probably not, Timmons said. I committed and thats my word. Im not going to go back on my word.
Its obvious by his words that Timmons already considers himself a Nittany Lion.
I think were going to be a lot better than people think were going to be next year, he said. I think were going to surprise a lot of people.