Three-Star Defensive Tackle Joseph Appiah Darkwa Signs Letter of Intent with Penn State

By Matt de Bear on February 6, 2019 at 11:13 am
Joseph Darkwa signed his letter of intent with Penn State on Wednesday.

Welcome to National Signing Day for the 2019 recruiting class here 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)

Penn State's quest to solidify the defensive line depth chart to wrap up the 2019 class took them all the way to Europe. Joseph Appiah Darkwa was a late offer, but the big and athletic prospect was well worth the effort. 

Joseph Appiah Darkwa
Position: Defensive tackle
Height/Weight: 6'5/270 lbs.
Team: Duesseldorf Panther - U 19 A (Duesseldorf, Germany)
247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8559)
Positional Rank: No. 970 Overall, No. 69 Defensive tackle, No. 1 in Germany
Commitment Date: February 1, 2019

RLR's Take

Appiah Darkwa is exactly the type of high ceiling prospect that you want to get into your program. Hailing from Düsseldorf, Germany, his lack of (American) football polish is noticeable, but so is his elite level athleticism. There are very few sure-fire defensive tackles in any recruiting class, especially in the 2019 group, but Appiah Darkwa has all of the tools to potentially be a huge pickup for Penn State. You cannot teach his combination of size and speed.

Moving Forward

Patience will be key for Sean Spencer, James Franklin, and Nittany Lion fans. You may not be able to teach his natural talent, but Appiah Darkwa will need to spend some time learning the finer points of his position before he's ready to contribute. While the new redshirt rule allows players to see the field for four games, don't expect that to be the case with Appiah Darkwa. He will be a traditional redshirt candidate, and probably not be ready to see the field until 2021.


2019 Defensive Tackle Scholarship Chart
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
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, Joseph.