Penn State beats out major powers to land four-star defensive end

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Four-star defensive end Dorian Hardy — the nation’s No. 178 overall prospect, per 247 Sports — announced Sunday on Twitter that he has committed to Penn State.

He chose the Nittany Lions over the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama.

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Because of the commitment from the New Jersey native — who hails from Paramus Catholic — Penn State now boasts the No. 5 recruiting class in the country, according to 247 Sports. Hardy was in Happy Valley this weekend for an unofficial visit.

“Welcome to the family!” fellow PSU commit Isaiah Humphries tweeted.

The 6-foot-5, 246-pound Hardy ran a laser-timed 4.95-second 40 at a Nike camp and finished with an impressive 4.21 in the 20-yard shuttle. He’s an ESPN 300 prospect and is also ranked by Rivals as the nation’s No. 154 overall prospect.

For Penn State fans, his commitment came as a nice change-up from recent news when five-star quarterback Justin Fields and five-star defensive lineman Micah Parsons reopened their recruitments.

Hardy is the 13th commit of this class, the first on the defensive line and the sixth on defense.