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Defensive tackle recruiting continues to be whirlwind for Penn State, but they surely landed a possible difference maker at the position this time. D'von Ellies announced his commitment to PSU at the Polynesian Bowl in January but had already privately sent in his letter of intent back during the first National Signing Day in December.
|Position: Defensive tackle|
|Height/Weight: 6'2/280 lbs.|
|High School: McDonogh School (MD)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9027)|
|Positional Rank: No. 285 Overall, No. 21 Defensive tackle, No. 7 in Maryland|
|Commitment Date: December 18, 2019|
D'von Ellies was in the shadows as a high school junior and teammate of PJ Mustipher, current Penn State defensive tackle and former nationally coveted prospect. He put up great numbers and was a solid player, but most fans and college coaches had their attention focused on Mustipher. It wasn't yet clear if Ellies was truly a good prospect in his own right or simply the beneficiary of lining up next to Mustipher. He proved the former to be true as he was selected to the 2019 Polynesian All-Star Bowl and thrived as a senior at McDonogh.
The best comparison for Ellies may actually be another Penn State defensive tackle that fans should remember fondly–Kevin Givens. While Ellies has an inch or two on Givens, their talents come from very similar bases. They use elite quickness and first steps to blow by offensive linemen before anyone can really get a hand on them. He has powerful hands that he uses to easily throw linemen off of him. Ellies could improve his leverage, but that's extremely common for any high school linemen. As a future 3-tech DT, he'll have to continue to develop his pass rushing moves, even if rushing the passer won't be his top priority.
If Penn State had more depth at the position, Ellies would be in line to play in four games and then redshirt. Unfortunately, Franklin may not have that luxury. He needs every capable defensive tackle on the field. Thus, Ellies' playing status will depend on how the current DTs' winter workouts and fall camps go. Injuries could also play a huge part. As long as nothing too unforeseen occurs with all the tackles already on the roster, Ellies is in line to redshirt. It would do him good to get acclimated to college football.
|Robert Windsor*||Antonio Shelton*||Damion Barber*||Judge Culpepper*|
|Ellison Jordan*||Fred Hansard*||Aeneas Hawkins*|
|P.J. Mustipher||D'Von Ellies|
|Joseph Appiah Darkwa|
* denotes redshirt season taken
Welcome to Penn State, D'Von.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) January 20, 2019