TAMPA – Even though Gaither CB Amani Oruwariye had been committed to Vanderbilt for weeks, he never got around to buying too much Commodores gear.
“Thank God I didn’t,” Oruwariye said.
The three-star recruit kept his family from wasting money with never-to-be-worn clothes in his closet. Oruwariye signed with Penn State on Wednesday morning in a ceremony at his high school.
Oruwariye had been a solid Vandy commit until its head coach, James Franklin, left to take over Penn State.
“I was shocked, but I heard a lot of rumors and everything like that,” Oruwariye said. “I was kind of on edge.”
So with less than a month before National Signing Day, Oruwariye weighed his options. Then the 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior landed an offer from Franklin’s Nittany Lions.
When Oruwariye visited Penn State last month, he said he still felt the same bond with the core group of coaches that Franklin carried with him from Vanderbilt. The schemes and personalities were the same; only the location and conferences were different.
And when Oruwariye saw Happy Valley, he was hooked.
“It was unbelievable,” said Oruwariye, Rivals’ No. 61 cornerback prospect. “There’s nothing like it. I don’t know why other people don’t go there. It really is a happy place to be.”
Three fellow Cowboys also signed Wednesday: DB/WR Jeff Suarez, LB Matt Williams and DB/LB Darien King signed with Warner University. QB Alex McGough was not present because he has already started classes at Florida International.