Defensive Tackle Derrick Tangelo Transferring to Penn State From Duke

By RLR Staff on December 29, 2020 at 3:37 pm
Oct 13, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Duke Blue Devils defensive tackle Derrick Tangelo (54) celebrates after a fumble recovery against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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For the second time in as many days, and third time in eight, the Nittany Lions are adding a transfer to the program. The latest to announce his move to Happy Valley is now former Duke defensive tackle Derrick Tangelo. He joins running back John Lovett, and cornerback Johnny Dixon as transfers into the program this month.

Tangelo will have one year remaining upon his arrival on campus next month after spending the previous four seasons with the Blue Devils. He played in 45 games during his time with Duke, starting in each of the last three years. During this most recent campaign, he appeared in all 11 games, putting up 40 tackles, including four for loss, two sacks, and three forced fumbles. For his career, he has 115 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. 

A former three-star prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, Tangelo is certainly a player the Penn State staff is familiar with. He played his high school football at The Bullis School, a program the Nittany Lions have recruited heavily for years. While they were never teammates, incoming quarterback Christian Veilleux played his high school football at the heralded program.

Tangelo will join a defensive tackle position that returns PJ Mustipher as a starter, as well as Fred Hansard, and Hakeem Beamon as key reserves. D'Von Ellies, Amin Vanover, and Cozziah Izzard also saw limited action during the 2020 season. Starter Antonio Shelton announced his intention to transfer from Penn State earlier this month.

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