The early signing period for football prospects in the Class of 2020 is upon us, and Penn State is expected to bring in a larger-than-usual class throughout the day. On the Penn State blog today, I’ll be breaking down each of the signees. Here is my scouting report on defensive line prospect Amin Vanover.

Penn State defensive lineman Amin Vanover

Penn State DL prospect Amin Vanover. PHOTO BY PENN STATE ATHLETICS

Height: 6-4
Weight: 260
School: St. Joseph Regional HS (N.J.)
Projected position: Defensive end

Rating: Four stars by; Three stars by 247sports and ESPN

Other offers: Alabama, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Iowa State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, TCU, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

Projection: He is a former high school teammate of current Penn State defensive end Smith Vilbert – whose athleticism and frame the coaching staff loves – so the staff has been very familiar with Vanover for a long while. It’s difficult not to notice his explosive tendencies; he gets around a blocker, then hits another gear. He has long arms and uses his hands well to get around tackles. His footwork is solid, but can use work, and he plays hard. It’s difficult to find a play on Vilbert’s old high school film where Vanover is beaten. Vanover might be the most underrated player in Penn State’s 2020 recruiting class, and it should not be considered a shock if he forces his way into some playing time next season. He could wind up being a multi-year starter for the Lions.