Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Add JUCO Defensive Tackle To Fold
With National Signing Day less than 24 hours away, Penn State picked up another key piece to the puzzle along the defensive front on Tuesday morning.
The prospect in question, Garden City, N.Y., Nassau Community college defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis. The Richmond, Va., native and 6-foot-4, 315 pound junior college prospect selected the Nittany lions over Auburn, West Virginia and several other schools according to the 247 Network.
"I will be sending the next 2 years of my collegiate career as an Wild Dog!!!" Chavis tweeted. Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer calls his unit "the wild dogs" because it of the aggressive, fearless mindset he wants them to have on the field.
While at the junior college level Chavis accumulated 39 tackles and six sacks for Nassau this past season. His sack total was the second-highest in the Northeast Football Conference.
Tuesday's new is a big step forward for a defensive front looking to replace Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel in 2016. Both players leaving Penn State for the NFL Draft, Johnson, with a year of eligibility remaining. Chavis will compete with returning defensive tackles Antoine White and Parker Cothren, in addition to redshirt freshman Robert Windsor.
In addition to picking up Chavis' services, Penn State will add two more defensive tackles during National Signing Day on Wednesday, as four-star Baltimore, Md., native Ellison Jordan and Ohio native Antonio Shelton, who committed to the program on Sunday, are both slated to sign.