Pat Chambers has the first member of his 2021 recruiting class locked in as Camden power forward TaQuan Woodley has committed to the Nittany Lions.
2021 Camden (NJ) and @NYRhoops forward/center TaQuan Woodley has committed to Penn State, he tells me.— Ari Rosenfeld (@ARosenfeldHoops) May 12, 2020
Woodley will bring the Nittany Lions one of the more rugged defensive/rebounding presences in his class to go with consistent finishing inside and underrated passing pic.twitter.com/jXepLAKYi9
The Woodley File
- Class: 2021
- Size: 6'7/220
- Pos: PF
- School: Camden (Camden, NJ)
- Composite Rating: NR
- Composite Rank: NR
Woodley last visited Happy Valley in September of 2019 to see the football team beat Buffalo. However, he was also on-hand in Philadelphia to see the Lions defeat Iowa in a thrilling win at the Palestra. The New Jersey-native made the short trip across the river and was officially "hosted" by the staff thanks to the fact that it was technically a home game for Penn State.
Despite not being ranked on the 247Sports Composite (not having AAU games to play in this spring and summer certainly hurts that effort), Woodley also holds offers from Rutgers, South Carolina, and Temple.
Woodley's commitment provides some much needed depth to Penn State's front court. Senior John Harrar will be graduating after the 2020-21 season and incoming junior college transfer Valdir Manuel will be a junior. 2019 commit Abdou Tsimbila did not enroll at Penn State during the 2019-20 academic year, so his status with the program remains uncertain. It was vital for Pat Chambers to land a big in the 2021 class, and getting Woodley this early is good for Chambers' recruiting efforts this summer.
Woodley should be able to see playing time as a freshman, though that would expectedly be in a backup role behind hopeful starter Valdir Manuel. Woodley will provide some toughness and defense to Penn State's interior, and he has built a reputation as a player who does the little things to help his teams thrive. Whether that's through defense, rebounding or overall toughness, Woodley is a gamer. Pat Chambers has found a player in Woodley who seems like a potentially great program fit.
Woodley is the first commitment in Penn State's 2021 recruiting class, and the Nittany Lions have two scholarships available now.