Coatesville cornerback Daquan Worley pledges for Penn State

The first priority for Penn State recruiting was its receivers. 
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Now, the all-important defensive back situation could start clearing up quickly for the Nittany Lions’ 2014 class of prospects. 
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Coatesville High’s Daquan Worley reportedly informed Penn State assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden of his verbal commitment late Friday morning. 

Penn State defensive coordinator John Butler welcomes Penn State’s first defensive back commitment of the year … Coatesville corner Daquan Worley.


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Worley is 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds and stars for former William Penn head coach Matt Ortega as a running back and defensive back. He is slotted as a cornerback and possible return man at Penn State. 
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Worley chose the Lions over Rutgers but also claimed scholarship offers from Georgia Tech and Pitt. 
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He only recently began generating Penn State recruiting buzz but is still a top talent, said Greg Pickel of FightOnState.com. 
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“You absolutely take him right away. He’s instinctive and you can’t really teach that with a cornerback or anybody,” Pickel said. “His speed and instincts stand out. 
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“He hasn’t had his name out there like some of the other guys, but this kid is a player you take in this class without question.”
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Could Worley’s pledge start another Penn State recruiting run? 
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A few weeks ago, Pittsburgh-area receiver Troy Apke committed, which quickly was followed by verbal pledges from two other highly rated wideouts eager to find room in Penn State’s small class. 
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Now, Worley’s commitment could put some pressure on Troy Vincent of Baltimore’s Gilman School. He also is a hotly-pursued cornerback and is about the same size as Worley. 
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Vincent’s father was a standout cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles. 
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Penn State figures to take at least two defensive backs in this recruiting class but also could leave open a spot for coveted Dravon Henry from Aliquippa High near Pittsburgh. He may be the top recruit on their entire board.
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“I think they’re very much on the same playing field. I would not rank one over the other,” Pickel said, comparing Worley and Vincent. 
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Worley is the seventh commitment of a Penn State class that can sign no more than 15 prospects but actually may only have room for 12 or 13. 
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“Another nice get for PennState in Daquan Worley, doing good work close to home,” is what Mike Farrell, a national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, posted on Twitter.

The Lions also want to take an offensive tackle, a defensive tackle and possibly a quarterback after the recent transfer of Steven Bench. 
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