The Fourth of July is quickly approaching. So perhaps it is fitting that defensive tackle prospects are committing to Penn State like a string of firecrackers going off. Bang, bang, bang.
The latest to pop was Maryland four-star Ellison Jordan, who announced for the Nittany Lions via Twitter Friday afternoon.
"After thoughtful praying and talking to God & family I decided to commit to Penn St!!!,” he said via Twitter.
Jordan is the 14th member of James Franklin's Class of 2016, and -- incredibly -- the third defensive tackle to commit in four days. Prior to landing New Jersey standout Michael Dwumfour, North Carolina big man Christian Colon and Jordan, PSU had landed no DTs for this class and only one for the Class of 2015.
A 6-foot-1, 260-pounder from Gilman School in Baltimore, Jordan is the top-ranked defensive tackle in the state and Scout.com's 10th ranked DT in the nation. His final three were PSU, Maryland and Virginia Tech.
Jordan initially intended to narrow his extensive list of offer to 10 or six finalists this month. Instead, he narrowed it to one -- Penn State.
Scout.com's Brian Dohn said the following of Jordan:
Jordan is a physical player with a high motor. He fires off the ball with power and a low pad level, and he has the strength in his lower and upper body to jolt the offensive lineman. He gets off blocks and gets after the ball carrier quickly, and he chases down plays on the backside. He has quick hands to disengage from blocks, and he is disruptive in the run game. He needs to get bigger to play inside in college.