Fullback Dan Lawlor (6-3, 235) from Cumberland Valley High in Mechanicsburg, Pa. on Tuesday became Penn State’s 10th verbal commitment for the Class of 2008.
Lawlor’s brother, Jim Lawlor, confirmed that Dan made a trip to Happy Valley Tuesday with his parents to inform the Penn State staff of his decision.
“Yeah he committed today,” Jim Lawlor said. “It’s pretty much a done deal. He went up to meet with (Coach Joe) Paterno today and tell him.
Dan Lawlor later confirmed his decision.
Lawlor hails from the same school as OL Wyatt Bowman who committed to Penn State on April 26.
In the past two season lawlor has rushed for 2,634 yards and 47 touchdowns. Last season he had more than 1,200 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for more than 300 yards. He runs a 4.6 second 40-yard dash and is an excellent receiver out of the backfield.
“Danny has the best hands on the team and one of the softest set of hands I have ever coached. He has tremendous hands,” Cumberland Valley head coach Tim Rimpfel told BWI in the spring.
Lawlor will be a three-year starter this fall. He reportedly had offers from PSU, Maryland, Iowa and Vanderbilt and received serious attention from Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Virginia Tech.
Lawlor was named third team AAAA all-state by the PA Football News in 2002. He is rated the 11th best player in Pennsylvania by the G&W Recruiting Report