Posted by Bryan Fischer
It was a somber Sunday in Happy Valley with the passing of legendary head coach Joe Paterno but Penn State fans did receive some uplifting news when word surfaced that Camas (Wash.) wide receiver Jonathan Warner and Baltimore (Md.) teammates Trevor Williams and Da'Quan Davis all committed to the Nittany Lions.
"I just talked to Coach (Bill) O'Brien over the phone, he was getting ready for his game against the Ravens, I sat down with my family and the rest of the coaching staff and we talked to him over the speaker phone," Davis told Lions247. "We basically just got it done. He said he was happy to have me."
Davis, a defensive back, and Williams, a wide receiver, are both former West Virginia pledges who recently re-opened their recruitment and just picked up offers from the new staff. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Warner, who is the son of famed Penn State running back Curt Warner, didn't hold any other offers but the wide out had also recently picked up one from the Nittany Lions and wasted no time in committing after a visit to the program his family name has been associated with for a long time.
"I just officially committed!" an excited Warner told the site.
The trio gives Penn State 17 commitments for the class of 2012 with just over a week left until Signing Day. Davis is one of the top corners in the Northeast and provides a nice boost to O'Brien's recruiting efforts.
"He shows good quickness and overall athletic ability to go with good technique and big-time instincts," analyst Tom Lemming said of Davis. "Physical in coverage, he's exceptional in man to man defense, he can accelerate quickly to full speed, and has a smooth backpedal. Known for his ability to lock down the opposing team's top receiver, he put together an outstanding junior campaign."