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Daniel Joseph

DANIEL JOSEPH      DL   6-3   255
Rivals ★★★   ESPN ★★★★   247 ★★★★   Scout ★★★

Selected Penn State over Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Vanderbilt

High School: Won three letters for head coach Robin Bowkett at Lake Forest Academy...Selected as captain his senior year...Invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl...Selected to the 2015 News-Gazette All-State special mention team...Named 2015 Chicago Tribune's All-State special mention...Was the Catholic Red Division Defensive MVP in 2015...Selected as Team MVP as a senior...Had 72 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 25 tackles for loss and two interceptions as a defensive lineman and had 10 receiving touchdowns as as tight end...Caught 26 pass for 498 yards and eight touchdowns as a tight end during his junior season...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Scout...Ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 player in Illinois, No. 6 regional player and No. 11 defensive end in the country...Rated as a the third-ranked player in Illinois and 11th-ranked strong-side defensive end in the country by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 13 recruit in Illinois by Rivals and the No. 7 defensive end in the Midwest by Scout...Played varsity basketball for four years...Served as team captain his senior year.

Personal: Full name is Daniel Joseph...Son of Grace Ekakitie and Charles Joseph...Has two brothers, Love Joseph and Faith Ekakite and one sister, Anniemarie Joseph...Brother, Faith Ekakite, is a rising-senior defensive lineman at Iowa.

"Daniel is one of the more freakish athletes and fiercest competitors I've been around. He did it all this year for us playing all over the field in positions that weren't his main position but he still dominated and did it with great energy and enthusiasm. Whether he was making one handed catches, big hits on quarterbacks or highlight reel dunks, Lake Forest Academy is surely going to miss one of the best athletes it has seen. Penn State is getting a great football player whose better football days are ahead of him. Special thanks to Coach [James] Franklin, [Ricky] Rahne and [Sean] Spencer for being great through out the whole process. I know they will take great care of my guy. WE ARE!"

2016 Signing Day Central



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