Nittany Lions Get Much-Needed Help From Juco DT Chavis

The four-star big man from Nassau CC committed to Penn State Tuesday, giving James Franklin's class a big late boost.

Penn State's Class of 2016 got a big shot in the arm Tuesday. And we mean "big."

After visiting over the weekend, defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis from Nassau (N.Y.) Community College commited tp the Nittany Lions Tuesday. The massive 6-foot-4, 320-pounder helps Penn State at a significant area of need.

Chavis played high school ball with former PSU QB Christian Hackenberg at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He began his college career at Virginia before leaving after his redshirt freshman season (2013) due to a coaching change. He spent the last two seasons at Nassau.

He has two seasons of FBS eligibility remaining.

Penn State lost three of its top defensive tackles from the 2015 season. Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney both graduated, and Austin Johnson declared for the NFL Draft. The DTs already in this class — Antonio Shelton and Ellison Jordan — do not appear to be instant impact guys.

Chavis made his first visit to Penn State for the Blue-White Game last spring, We had a chance to do a profile on him then. Check it out.

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