Just days after losing their second five-star commit in the 2018 class, the Nittany Lions have added a top defensive end. New Jersey native Dorian Hardy has verbally committed to Penn State, according to Sean Fitz of 247Sports.
Hardy is back on campus again this weekend to camp for the Penn State staff. This marks his second visit of the year, following an April trip for the Blue-White game. All told, he has been on campus four times before today's commitment, with the first visit to Happy Valley coming in May of 2016, just days after earning his Penn State offer.
The Hardy File
- Class: 2018
- Size: 6'5, 245 lbs.
- Pos: DE
- School: Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9267)
- Composite Rank: No. 160 overall, No. 6 SDE
In addition to the Nittany Lions, Hardy holds offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Miami, Michigan State, Tennessee, and many others. While the 247Sports Crystal Ball would seem to indicate the Crimson Tide were the Lions' primary competition, Hardy did not visit Tuscaloosa. Other than a trip to Gainesville last summer, his unofficial visits were mainly regional to Rutgers, Ohio State, and Michigan State.
Hardy plays his high school football at New Jersey powerhouse Paramus Catholic, alma mater of current Michigan star DT Rashan Gary and
Heisman winner ex-Wolverines star player Jabrill Peppers, among many many others. Plucking a top player out of Paramus that Michigan had high on their board is surely a big coup for James Franklin. Hardy joins wide receiver Justin Shorter as Garden State residents in the class.
Hardy's commitment puts the Lions Class of 2018 back at 13 total players, remaining at No. 5 in the 247Sports Teaim Rankings, just behind LSU's 17 member class. He is the first true defensive lineman in the class, although Nick Tarburton seems likely to grow into a lineman at the collegiate level.