James Franklin and the Nittany Lions have crossed the pond to find their latest defensive line prospect. Three-star defensive tackle, and native German, Joseph Appiah Darkwa has committed to Penn State.
The advent of the early signing period in December has changed the game for many prospects like Darkwa. A late arrival on the scene for many programs, he has seen his recruitment pick up significantly in the last month. Penn State did not offer until early-January, but the late push certainly made an impact.
The darkwa File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6-5/260
- Pos: DL
- School: Dusseldorf Panther U19 (Dusseldorf, Germany)
- Composite Rating: ★★★ (.8559)
- Composite Rank: No. 970 overall (No. 69 DT)
In addition to the Nittany Lions, Darkwa held offers from Rutgers, UCLA, Virginia, Colorado, Indiana, and Cincinnati, among others. He officially visited the Scarlet Knights in late-November, with trips to L.A. and Happy Valley coming in January.
Credit Sean Spencer for leading the way with Darkwa. Not only did the Nittany Lions' defensive line coach head the recruiting effort, but his relationship with Brandon Collier was likely a key part of getting in on Darkwa. Collier not only heads the program that helps European players land FBS offers, but played for Coach Chaos at UMass.
Darkwa is the prototypical "raw but talented" defensive lineman. As you can imagine, learning the game in Germany is a bit different than at an American high school, but his athleticism is apparent the second you turn on the highlight package. His big 6-5 frame should allow him to grow into an ideal DT size. Just have some patience as it will likely be a couple of years at least before he is ready to make an impact on the field.
Penn State's Class of 2019 now sits at 21 players, and 10th nationally according to the 247Sports Composite. They rank second in the Big Ten, just nine points behind Michigan's 27 member group.