Four-Star Defensive Tackle Ellison Jordan Commits To Penn State

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Make that commit No. 14 for James Franklin and the Penn State football program.

Franklin and his staff secured four-star defensive tackle Ellison Jordan, who gave his verbal commitment to Penn State.

James Franklin has developed a knack for luring away top out-of-state talent from their respective in-state powers, while increasing the influence of Penn State’s brand along the East Coast. Jordan, a Maryland native, had 21 offers and was choosing between Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Penn State. The 6-foot, 270 pound defensive tackle is the third player from Maryland joining the Class of 2016 recruits.

Penn State had a dearth of future talent at defensive tackle before this week, but James Franklin and defensive line coach Sean Spencer set out to fix that. Jordan joins Michael Dwumfour and Christian Colon as the third defensive tackle to commit in the last four days. With stars Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson leaving the program within the next two years, the three new recruits could serve integral roles down the road for defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

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