Oh, Hello: VA Ath Trace McSorley Commits to Penn State

Coach Franklin flips his fourth commit from Vanderbilt in his nine days as PSU head coach.

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Trace McSorley, ladies and gentlemen!

Stats:

Home/HS: Ashburn, VA/Briar Woods
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 182 lbs

Recruited by: James Franklin

Starz 'n Sheetz:

Stars: 3* 247, Rivals, Scout, ESPN
Offer Sheet: Vanderbilt (had committed July 13, 2013), Boston College, Charlotte, UConn, UMass, UNC, NC State, Ohio, Old Dominion, Purdue, Wake Forest, Western Michigan, Virginia Tech (#elite)

Cinema:

Find more video of Trace from Hudl, here.

The Tale:

Lions247 broke the news today that coach James Franklin flipped dual threat QB/Safety Trace McSorely from Vanderbilt today. The news comes after McSorely took an official visit to Happy Valley today, and he will no longer be taking an official visit previously planned for Nashville next week.

McSorely received his decent offer back in the summer of 2012 from the BC Eagles (and former HC and PSUer Paul Pasqualoni), shortly before leading his high school team to its third straight state title (they didn't fare as well his senior season). He did, however, get named to the Washington Posts' all-Met team in 2013.

This commit also somewhat proves that the LJ Senior departure doesn't mean that Penn State will lose all ties in the DC Metro area.

Outlook:

It's unknown right now whether McSorely would definitely play on offense or defense, but with Michael O'Connor already enrolled and Christian Hackenberg on top of the depth chart at QB, it's a good bet that McSorely will fill the void at Stereotypical White Safety for Penn State--and that's definitely not a bad thing. McSorely is very athletic, with a clocked 4.5 40, and did have 19 tackles (and two interceptions) in limited time as a defensive back this past season--and that's on top of six interceptions as a junior.

McSorely is a bit undersized right now, but that's less of a concern in the defensive backfield, and he would likely bulk up once he hits Galt's weight room. As BSDer Adam Collyer put it, "Kid is apparently a Drew Astorino type winner." That's definitely something that we could use on any Penn State team.

Welcome to Penn State, Trace!

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