Penn State has dipped into the junior college ranks for its latest football recruit.
The Nittany Lions have received a verbal commitment from 6-foot, 3-inch, 285-pound defensive tackle Tarow Barney.
Barney attends Northwest Mississippi Community College and is from Senatobia, Miss. He committed on Sunday and becomes the 16th member of PSU's 2014 recruiting class. Barney will have three years to complete two years of eligibility. He intends to enroll at Penn State in January.
"There's a great opportunity for me to come in and earn a starting spot," Barney wrote in an email to Fight On State. "(Defensive line) coach (Larry) Johnson made a connection with me from the minute he picked me up from the airport. I believe Coach Johnson is the best at what he does. So in order for me to be the best player I can be, I have to be coached by Coach Johnson.
"There was a great and amazing family feel around Penn State. And I felt like Coach (Bill) O'Brien is a good coach and I could add to where he trying to take Penn State football."
The defensive line recently became a position of need for Penn State when Central York's Kyle Baublitz unexpectedly decided to give up his final year of eligibility to pursue a teaching career. Baublitz has started most of the year at defensive tackle.
Barney is not rated by either Scout.com or Rivals.com. He reportedly also had offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Cincinnati and Colorado. PSU's 2014 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 29 in the nation by Scout.com and No. 31 by Rivals.com.