Lincoln’s four-star recruit, defensive lineman Thomas Holley, finally committed to play at college on Tuesday when he picked Penn State.
“I called (Penn State coach Larry Johnson) on the phone and he was driving,” Holley told Julian Garcia of the NY Daily News. “He was so happy he almost crashed his car.”
Holley, who is 6-foot-4 and 285-pounds, was playing basketball in Queens up until last season. That’s when he transferred to Lincoln where its basketball coach, Tiny Morton, convinced Holley that he would be better off long-term on the football team. Holley, who had considered playing football for most of his life, but never did, listened to Morton and became an instant success on the gridiron.
Holley was heavily recruited by some of the top schools in the nation ever since and eventually was named to the All-American team and won the Public School Athletic League’s city title earlier this month. It’s his combination of size, strength and speed that has made him such a special football player.
Holley will play for Lincoln’s basketball team starting this week and will play in the All-American game on Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“It just feels good to get this burden lifted off my shoulders. It’s just one less thing I have to worry about,” said Holley. “For me now, it’s about staying in shape. I’m gonna get back in the weight room too, so I’m just ready to go.”