The Nittany Lions bolster their defensive front by adding JUCO defensive tackle Jordan van den Berg. According to 247Sports' Sean Fitz, van den Berg will join the program this weekend, ending his JUCO career after one seson.
Originally from South Africa, Van den Berg moved to Atlanta when he was 10, and eventually took his talents to Iowa Western Community College. van den Berg has played just one season for the Reivers, racking up 20 tackles, four tackles for loss, and one sack. The JUCO ranks played a COVID-shortened season this spring, so it's fair to say he would have caused more havoc had he had a normal season.
van den Berg was on campus this week to work out for the Penn State staff and an offer soon followed. His college teammate, quarterback Nate Glantz, also worked out for the staff. In the past, this coaching staff has done an excellent job of identifying under-the-radar talent through its on-campus camps, so suffice to say that van den Berg clearly turned some heads.
The Van den Berg File
- Class: 2021
- Size: 6'3/285 lbs
- Pos: DT
- School: Iowa Western C.C. (Lilburn, GA)
- Composite Rating: N/A
- Composite Rank: N/A
The defensive lineman held offers from a litany of FCS and Group of Five schools, as well as Big Ten foes Nebraska and Iowa.
Penn State already added one transfer defensive tackle this offseason in Duke's Derrick Tangelo, but it never hurts to have depth in the trenches. van den Berg will have four years to play three more seasons of college football.
Penn State's 2021 recruiting class now sits at 16 members, with van den Berg being the only defensive end.