For over two years now we have been mentioning defensive lineman Dani Dennis-Sutton. The high four-star prospect out of the McDonogh School in Maryland shot onto the Penn State radar back in 2019 as a potentially elite piece of the 2022 recruiting class. Around 5 p.m. today, he will announce his commitment.
There is arguably no more important piece in Penn State's Class of 2022, certainly on the defensive side of the ball. Dennis-Sutton is the type of elite talent, at a key position, that makes great recruiting classes potentially elite. The group of 20 commitments the Nittany Lions have amassed, eight of them in just the last three weeks, qualifies as a thus-far great class. It currently ranks No. 2 nationally, behind division rival Ohio State.
They have the highly regarded quarterback in Ohio-native Drew Allar. Four-star running back Nicholas Singleton just became 247Sports' No. 1 back nationally on Wednesday. Kaden Saunders is the type of game breaker at receiver any team would love. But in today's game, guys who can get to the quarterback and disrupt the passing game are one of the biggest must-haves. Dennis-Sutton would provide that element for Penn State.
Not only would Dennis-Sutton bring an obvious on-field boost, a commitment would only re-solidify James Franklin's place among the best recruiters in the game. No program was affected more than Penn State by the year-plus dead period. The Lions rely heavily on relationships and getting prospects on campus. Zoom calls did not allow the coaching staff to develop the former in the same way, and video tours are no substitute for the latter. But with Dennis-Sutton, they will have secured not just an elite athlete at a key position, but they will have beaten out two of the nation's best recruiting programs on an annual basis, Georgia and Alabama. Those are the battles you need to win if you want to take the next step.
Dennis-Sutton will make his announcement live on CBS Sports HQ.