James Franklin and his staff continues to rake in the commitments through the summer months.

On Friday, Penn State received a verbal pledge from three-star weak-side defensive end Bryce Mostella out of East Kentwood, Michigan. He’s the 20th player to join the Nittany Lions’ 2020 class.

Mostella, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound lineman, is one of the bigger bodies to join the recruiting class, adding excellent size to Penn State’s defensive front. He is the sixth player in this cycle in a defensive line role to commit to Franklin.


Mostella comes to Penn State as the No. 16 weak-side defensive end in the class, and the 14th-best player out of Michigan. Overall, 247Sports has him pegged as No. 475 this cycle.

In addition to Penn State, several B1G programs showed interest in the big-bodied defensive end. He chose the Nittany Lions over Michigan, Iowa, Purdue, Ohio State, Minnesota and several others.

The commitment from Mostella puts Penn State back in the top 10 of the national recruiting rankings, up one spot from No. 11. The Nittany Lions leap over Texas A&M. Franklin’s 2020 class is still third in the B1G, behind Ohio State and Michigan.