Penn State Defensive End Yetur Gross-Matos Declares for the NFL Draft

By Nick Polak on December 3, 2019 at 6:08 pm
Oct 5, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (99) looks on during the first half against the Purdue Boilermakers at Beaver Stadium.
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After an excellent career in Happy Valley, defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos has declared early for the NFL Draft. The junior from Spotsylvania, Virginia is expected to be one of the more highly-sought-after defensive ends in the 2020 draft class. Gross-Matos intends to play one final game for the Nittany Lions in the to be determined bowl game.

Gross Matos' note reads as follows –

First, I would like to thank all of my coaches, the football staff, the academic support folks and my athletic trainers for all they have done to help me succeed while at Penn State. I will always be grateful to have formed the amazing relationships here at Penn State with my classmates, teammates, and staff that will last me a lifetime.

I am so appreciative of Coach Franklin and Coach Spencer for the opportunity to come to an outstanding university like Penn State.

I would like to thank my family for everything they have done and everything they continue to do each and every day, for without their support none of this would be possible.

Lastly, I would like to thank the Penn State fans. The love in Beaver Stadium has been ridiculous and will never be forgotten.

After careful consideration, countless discussions with my coaches, family, and other advisors I have decided to forgo my final year of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. Even though I am leaving, I have prommised my family and Coach Franklin that I will continue to pursue my Penn State degree.

I look forward to suiting up for the Blue & White one final time in our bowl game.

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Gross-Matos currently ranks as the No. 3 edge rusher and No. 19 prospect overall by CBS Sports. 

Over his career, he has amassed 35.5 tackles for loss at 17.5 sacks to this point in his career. 8.5 of those sacks and 14 TFLs came during during the just completed 2019 regular season.

Gross-Matos originally came to Penn State by way of Chancellor High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The four-star prospect was the No. 197 ranked player in his class and the No. 5 strongside defensive end.

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