Penn State lands commitment from Philadelphia's top football prospect
One of Penn State's quietest recruiting targets is now one of the Nittany Lions' biggest commitments.
Penn State continues to mine Pennsylvania's top talent under James Franklin as the Lions coach got a pledge on Sunday from defensive lineman Karamo Dioubate, the top-rated recruit in Philadelphia for the 2016 cycle.
Scout.com first reported Dioubate's decision, which boosted Penn State's class to No. 4 in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, jumping Alabama.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder from Prep Charter High School in the city gives the Lions commitments from three of the top four and four of the top six recruits in Pennsylvania in this class. He is joined by Reading offensive lineman Michal Menet (No. 1), Pittsburgh running back Miles Sanders (No. 2) and Lake-Lehman center Connor McGovern (No. 6). Philadelphia linebacker Shaka Toney (No. 19) is also on board.
Dioubate picked Penn State over two dozen other scholarship offers from coast to coast, including Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA and defending national champion Ohio State.
But updates on his timeline to pick a school weren't always easy to come by. Unlike most of his classmates, Dioubate wasn't using social media to provide updates or name finalists. He did only a small handful of interviews during the process and took only a few visits to different schools.
It worked out for the Lions, who also landed Philly's top recruit in the 2015 class, cornerback John Reid, who Franklin said has stood out so far in training camp and could see the field as a true freshman.
Dioubate, who can't formally join the program until signing day in February, could be in a similar spot next summer when the Lions may need to replace as many as three of their top four defensive tackles.
As a junior at Prep Charter, Dioubate recorded a whopping 23 sacks, according to the team.
"No one has a first step like him," Prep Charter coach David Hand told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "He really explodes off the ball. It's freakish for a guy his size to have that speed."
Dioubate is the 19th member of Penn State's 2016 class and the sixth defensive lineman. He projects as a tackle along with Ellison Jordan, Christian Colon and Michael Dwumfour while Shane Simmons and Daniel Joseph will play end.