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Penn State Football Adds Late 2021 Commitment

Penn State football added a late 2021 commitment to its ongoing recruiting class – one that is soon to be fully enrolled at University Park – on Tuesday in defensive tackle prospect Jordan Van Den Berg.

The Iowa Western Community College product who originally hails from South Africa announced his decision on Twitter earlier in the evening. While there was some uncertainty about which class Van Den Berg was part of, Penn State coach James Franklin’s activity on Twitter and Lion247 both indicated that he was a 2021 prospect.

The newest Nittany Lion hits the scale at 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds and collected a host of scholarship offers from schools like Nebraska, Iowa and others. Over the course of just six games played as a freshman at Iowa Western, however, van den Berg collected 20 total tackles and a sack. 

At defensive tackle, he will help to boost the Nittany Lions’ defensive line over the next few seasons. In addition to Van Den Berg, Penn State has grabbed edge rusher Rodney McGraw and tackle Davon Townley by way of commitments out of high school, while Arnold Ebiketie and Derrick Tangelo both transferred to Happy Valley after multiple seasons of Division One football. 

Check out highlights from Van Den Berg’s JUCO spring season here.