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Oh, Hello: VA DE Yetur Matos Commits to Penn State

One of the country's top defensive ends joins the Wild Dogs

Yetur Matos, ladies and gentlemen!


Hometown/High School: Fredericksburg, VA/Chancellor

Height/Weight: 6'5/235 lbs.

Recruited By: Sean Spencer, Brent Pry

Starz n' Sheetz:

Starz: 4* 247/Rivals, 3* ESPN, Scout

Sheetz: Penn State, Clemson, Cal, Charlotte, Duke, Kentucky, Marshall, Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Old Dominion, 5b, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia


The Tale:

Yetur Matos and Penn State first crossed paths on the campus of Old Dominion in June of 2015. Matos was in attendance at the Lions' satellite camp in Norfolk, where he earned his offer from the PSU coaching staff. He made his first trip to Happy Valley the following month for another camp, before returning for the San Diego State win, and Michigan loss.

Matos has established himself as one of PSU's top targets in the 2017 cycle at the defensive end spot. James Franklin, Sean Spencer, and Brent Pry all dropped in to see him early December, with Pry making a return trip just a week later. North Carolina, Clemson, and Virginia Tech emerged as PSU's primary competition. Matos was in Chapel Hill late last month, but this weekend's visit for Junior Day sealed things for the Nittany Lions.

Yetur is the 13th player in Virginia, and the 11th ranked strong side DE in the Class of 2017. He joins Sean Clifford, Dylan Rivers, and today's other 2017 commitment (and DE prospect) Damion Barber in the class.

The Outlook:

While Matos projects as a defensive end, it would not be a shock to see him give things at the outside linebacker spot a go. That could ultimately depend on Penn State's successes elsewhere on the recruiting trail. Either way, Yetur has experience both with his hand in the ground, and as a stand up DE/OLB.

Should he ultimately end up as a defensive end, he has that great first step you love to see from a pass rusher. Even more impressive, is how he uses his hands. Oftentimes, you see elite high school ends rely on their athleticism, but Matos has solid technique for a soon to be high school senior.

Like most players his age, he will need to get stronger, and if he sees time at linebacker, his pass coverage skills will need to improve. However, he has all the tools to make an impact in whatever position he ultimately lands in.

Welcome to Penn State, Yetur!