Daniel Joseph commits to Penn State: Nittany Lions land four-star DE


Penn State received a commitment from four-star DE Daniel Joseph on Tuesday.

The Penn State Nittany Lions picked up a major commitment on Tuesday as 2016 four-star strong-side defensive end Daniel Joseph (Lake Forest, IL Lake Forest Academy) committed to the program.

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Joseph is rated the No. 263 player in his class, the No. 14 strong-side defensive end, and the No. 5 player in the state of Illinois per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He was recruited by Ricky Rahne who doubles as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach while defensive line coach Sean Spencer took on the role of secondary recruiter.

His commitment comes 10 days after he took an unofficial visit to Penn State.


Amassing 19 offers in total, he received them from all around the country, spanning many conferences.  Schools in the Big 10 such as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Rutgers extended offers while smaller schools such as Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), and Toledo also offered the defensive end.

With this commitment, the Nittany Lion 2016 class is coming along nicely. Boasting 15 commitments, Joseph is the eighth four-star commitment and the first from the state of Illinois. The class is ranked No. 6 in the country and No. 2 in the Big Ten per the 247Sports team rankings.

After watching his film, I noticed that he had great mechanics. As soon as the ball was snapped, he immediately began to take on his man, using a series of rip and spin moves to get by the offensive lineman.  Once he got past his man, he was able to reach the quarterback quickly and if the quarterback happened to scramble, he pursued his man step-for-step possessing tremendous closing speed and using it to take his man down.

For a 6-foot-3, 240-pound end, he was very quick on his feet and this allowed him to make plays and cause disruption in the offensive backfield whether it was sacking the quarterback or tackling the ball carrier.

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