After Penn State’s 2018 class took a blow earlier in the week, the group took a big step forward Sunday morning with the addition of 4-star defensive end Dorian Hardy.
Hardy, from Paramus, N.J., is the sixth-ranked strong-side defensive end in the 2018 class and became Penn State’s 13th verbal commit. His commitment was first reported by 247Sports.
— Dorian Hardy (@dtheillest1) June 11, 2017
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) June 11, 2017
Hardy (6-foot-5, 241 pounds) took a visit to Penn State over the weekend.
— Penn State Recruitin (@PSU_Recruiting) June 10, 2017
Earlier in the week, Penn State lost its verbal commitment from 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, who reopened his recruitment. The Nittany Lions also no longer have a verbal pledge from 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons, who de-committed from Penn State in April.
Still, James Franklin and his staff are building a strong 2018 class after adding one of the best defensive linemen in the class.
Hardy is rated as the sixth-best recruit from New Jersey and, at No. 160, is the eighth of Penn State’s 13 verbal commits to be ranked among the top 350 players in the class. Penn State’s class was ranked fifth nationally before Hardy’s commitment.