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You know your recruiting class is on a roll when you start getting big time prospects no one thought you were going to get.
That what happened to Penn State on Tuesday afternoon when four star Illinois defensive end Daniel Joseph pulled a stunner by announcing his intention to sign with Penn State.
Joseph eases the pain of New Jersey Ron Johnson choosing Michigan last week. 8 strongside end.
Joseph, the second defensive end in Penn State group of 15 2016 recruits and the fifth defensive lineman, was thought to be favoring Michigan or Michigan State, although there seemed to be little to indicate he was close to making a decision. Apparently, the Nittany Lions made a big impression when he took an unofficial visit to University Park on June 20 with his father.
he visited, he loved everything about Penn State. He loved the atmosphere, the guys on the team, the education part of it and what Penn State could do for him after football, Robin Bowkett, Joseph coach at Lake Forest Academy, told the Chicago Tribune. didn think he would verbal this year, because he wanted to visit some other schools.
don know if it a surprise, but I think since the beginning of the process, Daniel felt he had a good connection with a lot of their coaches. Penn State has a great tradition and is a really great school. He already had a great connection with the coaches. Nebraska, Iowa, Maryland and North Carolina State also were on the list of colleges that had made a scholarship offer to Joseph. Joseph older brother, Faith Ekakitie, is a junior defensive tackle at Iowa.
Joseph only has been playing football for three years, focusing on basketball before that.
Coincidentally, Penn State defensive back recruit Lavert Hill of Michigan was another MVP at that combine.
is a super freak athlete, Bowkett said of Joseph. just scratching the surface on his ability. He has a really high ceiling and a relentless motor. He has long arms and will develop into a great defensive end. He will be a force on their defensive line. surprise announcement livened up the start of a recruiting dead period in which college coaches aren allowed to contact prospects. It also put Penn State into an interesting situation, because most thought the Lions would only take two defensive ends in this class and four or five defensive tackles.
Not only is Betiku a prospect that would be nearly impossible to turn away, his guardian is Nittany Lion All American LaVar Arrington. Betiku originally hails from Nigeria.