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National Signing Day 2017: Welcome to Penn State, Yetur Matos

Virginia defensive end Yetur Matos is officially a Nittany Lion.


The culmination of the recruiting season is here, as National Signing Day 2017 is finally upon it. Here at Black Shoe Diaries, we’ll have coverage throughout the day of Penn State’s recruiting class, taking a player-by-player look at each member of the class, and taking a bigger picture look at the class as a whole. Thanks for stopping by, and if you aren’t already following, please follow @BSDTweet on Twitter for more recruiting news and notes.

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Yetur Matos was one of the first members of the recruiting class, jumping onboard during Penn State’s Junior Day. Since then, he’s never wavered with his commitment, always staying solid with the Nittany Lions. He’s joined by Damion Barber at defensive end, giving defensive line coach Sean Spencer quite the dynamic duo on the edge.


Position High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank Positional Rank
Position High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank Positional Rank
Strong-side defensive end Chancellor (Va.) 6-foot-5, 235 pounds Four-star (0.9182) No. 203 overall, No. 5 strong-side defensive end, No. 6 player in VA


Scouting Report

When you think of a defensive end prospect, Matos is what you think of. Terrific size and length at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, with super long arms, and has the frame to hold another 30 pounds with ease. Top-tier athlete with a quick first step, and looks strong against the run and as a pass-rusher. He’s still raw, but was a really productive player in high school, and the improvements in his game from his junior to senior film is apparent.


Although he’s probably good enough to play next season, a redshirt year would probably be more beneficial for Matos. Give him a year to sit and learn under Sean Spencer, let him add 20-30 pounds, and then let him wreak havoc in 2018 and beyond. Even with some really good players in front of him, I think Matos is going to be too good to keep off the field for long.