Penn State beats out Miami for DL Zane Durant – 247Sports

Orlando (Fla.) Lake Nona four-star defensive lineman Zane Durant celebrated his July 4th by announcing a verbal commitment to Penn State during a family BBQ. Durant, who the industry-generated 247Sports Composite pegs as the nation’s No. 46 defensive lineman in the class of 2022, was also considering Miami along with both Indiana and UCF. 

“Coach [John] Scott, Coach [Ja’Juan] Seider and Coach [James] Franklin are really the reason why I chose them,” Durant told 247Sports over the phone. “I really like the whole atmosphere they brought when I was up there on my official visit. I love the scheme and how they take care of their players up there. They check up on them every week. See how they are doing outside of football and bring them to their houses and stuff like that. It’s a family.”

“I also like how they develop players and get them ready for the next level,” Durant added. “They have guys going to the NFL almost every year.”

Durant has spoken highly of the Nittany Lions throughout much of the recruiting process, but many felt like the Hurricanes were the team to beat in the recruitment after Durant spent some time in Coral Gables.

So what changed?

“I just talked things over with my parents and I felt like Penn State is the best move. I mean my recruitment still isn’t done, but this is where I think I’m going to call home,” Durant explained.

Durant was in Happy Valley the weekend of June  for an official visit. He clicked with his player host, Aeneas Hawkins.

“He kept it real and told me what it’s really like there,” Durant noted. “I appreciate that.”

Durant is actually similar to Hawkins in a lot of ways as the two are shorter interior pass rusher that know how to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

As a junior, the 6-foot-1, 251-pound Durant totaled 15.5 tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hurries and 6.5 sacks for a Lake Nona team that made the 8A state playoffs . The soon-to-be senior owns some elite testing numbers having gone 4.84 on the lasers in the 40-yard dash while also posting a 4.5 in the short shuttle. Durant also power cleans 300 pounds and was a state qualifier this spring in the shot put.