Penn State Lands Illinois D-Lineman Joseph

Unexpected commitment livens up the start of the recruiting dead period for Lions.


So much for the Penn State football staff catching a summer break. But you won't hear James Franklin and company complaining.

Monday marked the start of an two-week NCAA-mandated dead period in recruiting. However, the Nittany Lions' recent hot streak on the recruiting trail continued when they landed a commitment from defensive lineman Daniel Joseph from Lake Forest Academy in suburban Chicago.

The commitment seemed to come out of nowhere. But Franklin and company got a firsthand look at Joseph when they worked the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy in Macomb, Mich., earlier this month.

Joseph is a 6-foot-3, 240-pounder who plays multiple positions on the defensive line and is not quite sure which one he'll man in college.

“I think versatility for me personally is something I want to pursue,” Joseph told Scout.com at SMSB. “I only started playing football three years ago. I'm fairly new to the game. I want to be able to explore and see where I truly fit well and see where I can excel the most.”

The three-star prospect's impressive offer list includes the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Stanford and Duke.

Joseph is the 15th member of Penn State's Class of 2015 and the second defensive end in the bunch. He is the fifth defensive lineman to commit to PSU.

Stay tuned for more.


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