It has been a busy month for James Franklin and his staff on the recruiting trail, and the long holiday weekend is not slowing them down. Three-star defensive end Bryce Mostella (Grand Rapids, MI) is the latest prospect to join the commitment parade. He announced his decision on Friday afternoon on his Twitter account with an absolutely delightful commitment video.
Mostella may be a newer name to some Nittany Lion fans, but the coaching staff has been on him for over one year. It was back in May of 2018 that the was first offered a scholarship by Penn State. It was not until last month, however, that he made his way to campus for an official visit.
The mostella File
- Class: 2020
- Size: 6-6/235 lbs.
- Pos: DE
- School: East Kentwood (Grand Rapids, MI)
- Composite Rating: ★★★ (.8789)
- Composite Rank: No. 475 Overall (No. 16 weak-side DE)
Mostella's offer list includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky, Miami, Ohio State, and Minnesota. The in-state Wolverines had also offered, and were among the top group, although his only other official visit came last month to the Hawkeyes.
247Sports' recruiting analyst Allen Trieu sees big things for the Grand Rapids native. The site ranks Mostella as a four-star prospect.
Very tall with long limbs. Still has a lot of room on his frame. Carries his weight so well that even at 230+ pounds, he looks almost thin and will easily be able to carry a lot more weight in college. A very flexible and fluid athlete. Bends well, has explosive qualities in the weight room and has gotten stronger. Gives good effort on the field. Chases down plays and covers a lot of ground with long strides. Has to still translate some of the explosiveness we have seen in the weight room to the field. Currently a good football player with the tools to become a great football player as he continues to fill into his frame and improve technique. Given time to do that, his ceiling is very high and he projects as a Power 5 starter and potential late-round NFL draft pick.
Mostella is the sixth defensive line prospect, but perhaps the first true defensive end commit. Brandon Taylor and Amin Vanover are both ends, but could grow into tackles once on campus.
Penn State's 2020 recruiting class now sits at 20 members, and ranks 10th overall according 247Sports, and third in the Big Ten.