The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were hoping to get Grant Haley to commit to Georgia Tech, since the three-star Atlanta (The Lovett School) cornerback opened his recruitment back up to other schools after de-committing from Vanderbilt last week.
Haley was said to be considering Georgia Tech, Duke, Penn State, and maybe Wisconsin, but said he was still committed to Vanderbilt.
Paul Johnson and staff were holding out hope Haley would stay close to home, but Monday, Haley announced that he was going to Penn State via twitter:
Made a decision tonight to commit to Penn State University…appreciate everyone at vandy and hope they can still respect me #WeAre
— Grant Haley (@haleyboy10) January 20, 2014
Since Haley’s mother was a student at Penn State, the decision to play for the Nittany Lions was made a little easier, and I’m sure having the coach who recruited him at Vanderbilt–James Franklin–become the head coach at Penn State had a lot to do with it as well.
Now that Haley’s decision has been made to commit to Penn State, Vanderbilt’s recruiting rankings (scout.com) has dropped from 59 to 65.
This isn’t a huge blow to Tech, as they still have a solid recruiting class committed at this point, with several defensive backs in the mix, but adding Haley would have undoubtedly been a nice get for the Jackets.
Be sure you are following all of our Georgia Tech recruiting updates and stories leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.