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Penn State’s impressive 2022 recruiting class picked up another impressive addition on Thursday, when four-star defensive end prospect Dani Dennis-Sutton announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions live on CBS Sports HQ. The consensus top-100 prospect chose PSU over Alabama and Georgia, becoming Penn State’s 23rd overall commitment and 12th four-star commitment of the 2022 cycle.

At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Dennis-Sutton is considered the No. 50 overall player, No. 9 defensive lineman and No. 1 player out of Maryland in the Class of 2022 by the 247Sports Composite rankings. He visited all three of his finalists in June as the recruiting process accelerated for the Class of 2022 prospects following an extended dead period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dennis-Sutton didn’t get any game action in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic wiping out his high school season, but the two-sport athlete who also plays basketball helped lead McDonogh School to an 11-1 season in 2019. He compares with Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor, according to 247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. 

Dennis-Sutton projects as a potential future second-or-third-round NFL Draft pick according to Dohn, who wrote the following scouting report on him in May:

Excellent frame and build for strong side defensive end. High character, intelligent. Has length and plus athleticism. Bends well and has flexibility, including at ankles to dip shoulder and get around the edge. Uncoils quickly with explosive first step to get around edge and shows high-level speed through first 10 yards. Body control is a plus. Does not spend much time on the ground. Active hands makes it tough for offensive lineman to land initial punch. Able to play low despite size and win leverage battles. Instinctual player. Has strength to disengage quickly. Gets up field well and shows closing speed. Excellent body control allows torso manipulation to squeeze through gaps. Shows an ability to redirect down line of scrimmage. Has speed to impact play on back side. Athleticism exists to drop into zone coverage in special packages. Utilizes rip move well and also has a swim. Has to continue to refine technique with move-set combinations and being comfortable with different moves. Impact player at elite level program.





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