At least when you look at it from a “making it public” perspective, Penn State got its second commitment in a couple of days.
Defensive tackle Dvon Ellies committed to Penn State during the Polynesian Bowl all-star game in O’Ahu, Hawaii, late Saturday night. More accurately though, he announced he was going to Penn State. The university announced shortly after the commitment that he is indeed a member of the team, which means he signed his letter of intent with Penn State during the early signing period in December. (It’s not unheard of for programs to keep a player’s commitment, or even his signing, quiet until he gets to announce it at a big event, which clearly was Ellies’ wish in this case.)
247sports.com rates Ellies as a four-star prospect. Both Rivals.com and ESPN rate him as a three-star. While Penn State lists him as the second defensive tackle prospect in the class — joining Hakeem Beamon, who was rated as a defensive end, but certainly looked like a good bet on film to move inside — Ellies is a guy who looks like a true run-stuffing tackle. He’s 6-foot-1 and 280 pounds, and he plays with tremendous leverage. He looks like he can add some significant weight, and if he can get to 310-315 pounds, he’ll be a very difficult player to move inside on running downs. Plus, he has some moves to make him a viable pass rusher.
I usually don’t get too into the star rankings, but Ellies, to me, is closer to 247’s four-star ranking than he is a three-star. He’s a guy from whom Penn State is going to get some quality performance.
I’ll have my full scouting report on him up later today.