Parker Cothren (Hazel Green, Ala./Hazel Green) didn't know his older brother submitted his senior season film to Penn State last Monday -- but he was certainly pleased with the result.
Four days after sending the tape, the defensive tackle was called out of his Physics class and told to report to the field house. The Purdue commit was already aware of Penn State's interest, but he didn't expect his coach to call up Bill O'Brien, who extended a scholarship offer after reviewing that film.
"I had my hopes up a bit," Cothren said. "But it was still a surprise they offered me because it happened so quick. I just told them thank you and that I'd have to talk it over with my family."
Cothren said he hoped to soon visit Happy Valley, possibly in December, but didn't yet have anything scheduled.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect has already watched Penn State play once this season -- although it was from the bleachers of West Lafayette, Ind., when the Nittany Lions' front four dominated Purdue. Cothren said PSU's performance instilled a little more interest in the school, but he still wasn't close to a final decision.
"I'm still committed to Purdue," the two-star recruit said, "but I'm just kind of sitting back and waiting to see what happens."
Cothren said he and his coach were talking to some SEC schools and wanted to see if he could garner any offers there. If not, he said he was attracted to Penn State's tradition and prestige.
Between Penn State and Purdue, Cothren said he's got some thinking to do. Both have their pros and cons, he said, and he's just hoping to talk over the decision with his family.
"Purdue's mainly known for engineering and that's what I want to do," he said. "But, Penn State, they're just such a big school and have a big stadium and all that stuff. So it's going to be a hard choice, but I'm just going to stick with Purdue for now and talk it over."