Penn State Adds Four-Star Defensive End Daniel Joseph to 2016 Recruiting Class
James Franklin and his staff have been on a hot streak with recruiting recently, and it doesn’t look like that trend will stop any time soon, as they just picked up a commitment from four-star defensive end Daniel Joseph, from Lake Forest, Illinois. Joseph is the class’ second defensive end recruit, along with Shane Simmons, one of the classes first, and most touted recruits.
Joseph is the team’s fifth pick-up since June 21st, and the fourth defensive lineman of the group. He held offers from 19 other schools, including Michigan, Michigan State, and Cal among others. The commitment vaults the Nittany Lions to the sixth best class in the nation for 2016, leapfrogging Big Ten East rivals Michigan and Michigan State in the process, to take over the second spot in the Big Ten, behind only Ohio State.
Even with this flurry of recruits, the team only has a total of 15 committed for the current class, leaving 10 spots still open for new recruits. However, this class is certainly starting to fill up, both with talent and depth, the latter of which may be even more important as the Nittany Lions continue to recover from the NCAA’s since repealed sanctions that left Penn State with far fewer scholarships than most teams.