Penn State Lands 2017 Defensive End Yetur Matos
Penn State signed two top-tier defensive ends in 2016 in Shane Simmons and Daniel Joseph, and the Nittany Lions are well on their way to bringing in an even stronger defensive end class in 2017. Four-star Yetur Matos (Fredericksburg, VA) made the call for the Nittany Lions, choosing Penn State over Clemson, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina.
Matos has terrific size at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, but the four-star defensive end still has plenty of room to add to his impressive frame. He has long arms allowing him to shed blocks easily, and shows a quick first step and burst to explode past the offensive line. He’s still a bit raw and doesn’t have much in terms of upper-level pass rushing moves, but that’s not unforeseen for a recruit that’s as athletically gifted as Matos.
Penn State will only lose one defensive end — Evan Schwan — after the 2016 season, so the depth chart isn’t exactly favorable for Matos to be a day one contributor. With players like Garrett Sickels and (probably) Torrance Brown secured in as incumbent starters come 2017, and other players like Shareef Miller and Shane Simmons being a year or two ahead of Matos, a redshirt year isn’t out of the possibility for the Virginia native. That being said, it’s too early to definitively say what Matos’ role will be when he arrives in Happy Valley.
Matos joins three-star Damion Barber (Harrisburg, PA) as the other defensive end in Penn State’s 2017 class, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see James Franklin push for one more — specifically, five-star Joshua Kaindoh (Brandenton, FL). Kaindoh has always had the Nittany Lions high on his list, and he’s talented enough that Penn State would never turn away his commitment.