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Penn State Football Recruiting: Nittany Lions Add Potential Future Starting EDGE

Penn State Football landed a commitment from 3-star EDGE rusher Joseph Mupoyi Monday, adding a potential future starting caliber player with high-end athleticism to the Nittany Lions‘ 2023 class.

Mupoyi is a 6-foot-5 235-pound edge rusher from St. Thomas Moore high school. He will add to the depth of the 2023 recruiting class, with the highest rating of any three-star the Nittany Lions currently have in that class.

Mupoyi has a very interesting story, originally moving from Congo to the United States to play basketball, he transitioned to football and transferred high school. The goal was to add a bunch of weight and strength to his frame, he did so, completed 47 tackles, and accomplished 12 sacks throughout the 2021 season. Not to mention, he has a 6-foot-10 wingspan and a 35.2-inch vertical.


It’s not a question that Mupoyi has the physical attributes to eventually start for the Nittany Lions, it’s more about development within the position, and competition level each play.

Before transitioning to football at St. Thomas Moore high school, he met several football players in Washington D.C. (Archbishop Carroll high school) and lived with a host family. One of them included five-star athlete Nyckoles Harbor, another edge who has yet to commit in the 2023 class.

Mupoyi emphasized how honest Penn State’s coaching staff was, and how that drew him to respectfully commit soon after his visit.

“Not everybody who goes to college is going to start a game right away”. Mupoyi said, via 247Sports. “Some schools said if you come to my school, you are going to start as a freshman”. Coach Scott went on the record to explain, “If Mupoyi does good in practice, and becomes great in practice, he will get a spot as a freshman”.

Mupoyi eyed other visits throughout the fall including Auburn, Louisville, Virginia Tech, and Utah, but recruiting always took him back to Penn State Football.

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