I spent my Sunday covering a NASCAR race, but Penn State made some news this weekend by getting a verbal commitment from defensive end Dorian Hardy.

Lions247 has a pretty cool look at the moment the New Jersey product let Penn State coaches know of his decision. It’s no wonder they were so pumped up.

Just a few days after losing QB Justin Fields — the second five-star recruit to back away from his Penn State commitment in the 2018 class — the Nittany Lions wound up bagging a consensus four-star prospect who 247 sports ranks in its top 160 prospects in the nation.

Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN all have him ranked in that general area, as well.

Penn State needed a big get, and it needed one on the defensive line. Harrisburg’s Micah Parsons, the other five-star who opted to reopen his recruitment, had been the only commitment at the position in the upcoming class.