The defensive end group at Penn State just got a huge boost with the National Signing Day commitment of four-star prospect Davon Townley. The native-Minnesotan announced his decision this morning.
Penn State offered Townley back in June of 2020 and kept up steady contact. As his list of top schools changed and dwindled, the Nittany Lions were practically the only constant on that list.
The Townley File
- Class: 2021
- Size: 6'6/220 lbs.
- Pos: DE
- School: North Senior (Minneapolis, MN)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.8958)
- Composite Rank: No. 321 (No. 19 SDE)
Townley also held offers from Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Washington, Arizona State, Arizona, Michigan State, and Oregon among others. The hometown Gophers were in hot pursuit for quite awhile along with Herm Edwards' Sun Devils. The Nittany Lions were part of a final three along with the Cornhuskers and Huskies.
The COVID pandemic threw plenty of kids a curveball when it came to their recruitment, and Townley was no different. Where many highly ranked kids were getting out to campuses and meeting coaches all throughout their high school careers, someone like Townley didn't start to get attention until the visit shutdown was in place. Townley maintained that he was going to wait to make a commitment until he could get out and see schools in person, but that was not meant to be with official visits remaining off limits.
While Townley fills a major need in the class, patience will be required before he is ready to make an impact on Saturdays. While his 6'6" frame is ideal for an edge rusher, and his athleticism projects a high ceiling, it will take time to add strength. He's also a newcomer to football, only playing for two years, after focusing on basketball early on in his career.
Townley is commitment No. 16 for Penn State in the 2021 class, bringing them to No. 21 in the nation, just hundreths of a point behind Nebraska's 20 member class.