Four-Star Defensive Lineman Dani Dennis-Sutton Signs Letter of Intent With Penn State

By Nick Polak on December 15, 2021 at 9:59 am
Four-star defensive lineman Dani Dennis-Sutton has signed his letter of intent with Penn State.
Mark Brennan, Lions247

Welcome to the early signing period for the 2022 recruiting class at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)

The Lions were able to snag another big-time prospect from McDonogh High School in Maryland, and you can bet that Dennis-Sutton is looking to be the best yet from that highly-touted group.

Dani Dennis-Sutton
Position: Defensive line
Height/Weight: 6'5/250 lbs.
High School: McDonogh School (Owings Mills, MD)
247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9758)
Positional Rank: No. 55 Overall, No. 8 Defensive lineman, No. 1 in Maryland
Commitment Date: July 22, 2021

RLR's Take

Dani Dennis-Sutton, while not the highest-ranked recruit in the 2022 class (a testament to the class that has been built, for sure), may just have the highest ceiling of the group. Already possessing an elite-size frame, Dennis-Sutton has a very real chance to be the next great edge rusher in Happy Valley.

While predominantly a defensive end, it's easy to see how John Scott Jr. and Manny Diaz could be creative in how they use the McDonogh product. He certainly fits the mold of the defensive end who is able to kick inside on third downs.

No matter what his eventual role ends up looking like, Dennis-Sutton is a remarkable athlete for his size and is going to be incredibly difficult for offensive linemen to match up with.

Moving Forward

Despite the fact that Dennis-Sutton will not be enrolling early, he will have as good a shot as any player in the class at contributing right away for the Nittany Lion defense.

Under Franklin, the team has never shied away from giving talented freshmen their fair shot to win a job, and that has been particularly true on the defensive side of the ball. With Arnold Ebiketie and Jesse Luketa surely off to the NFL, the Lions have room for new contributors on the edges. Adisa Isaac returns from injury and Nick Tarburton will be back after a solid 2021, but neither one has a stranglehold on a starting role in 2022.

Expecting Dennis-Sutton to come in and grab a starting job for opening day is probably a bit much, but you can safely expect him to be a very important piece in the rotation right from the jump.


Welcome to Penn State, Dani.