It was about two or three weeks ago, Shep Garner said, that he decided he would go to Penn State. But he had to keep it a secret.
Before he made it official, the Roman Catholic shooting guard needed some special clearance.
"My mom wanted to see the campus and meet the coaches face-to-face," Garner said. "She said she wanted to see if she felt a good vibe or bad vibe. And she got a good vibe."
Garner committed to the Nittany Lions on Saturday morning, a day after touring the campus with his parents. His parents returned home in the afternoon, and the 6-foot-2 Chester native was staying until Sunday night with his Roman Catholic teammates as part of Penn State's team camp.