McDonogh football star linemen Dennis-Sutton commits to Penn State (VIDEO HERE!)

McDonogh rising senior football player Dani Dennis-Sutton (center) pose with parents Lisa (left) and Dani Thursday after announcing his commitment to Penn State University.

by Derek Toney 

Maybe McDonogh School should be called Penn State University South.  

Rising senior Dani Dennis Sutton is slated to become the next Eagle football standout headed to Happy Valley as he announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions Thursday afternoon in a ceremony inside Lamborn Memorial Field House. 

“Everyday I was grinding for this opportunity since freshman year where not a lot of people knew who I was as a freshman,” said Dennis-Sutton. “I feel like I deserved it, but I’m blessed and humbled as well.” 

The area’s top senior prospect, ranked No. 11 nationally by Rivals, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end, pledged to Penn State over reigning national champion Alabama and SEC power Georgia.  

The Nittany Lions have done well in recent years at the MIAA A Conference school with defensive linemen D’von Ellies, and PJ Mustipher, linebacker Curtis Jacobs, and offensive lineman Will Knutson as major contributors.  

“I can’t wait to get on the field with Curtis Jacobs at linebacker playing behind me, D’Von Ellies and hopefully, PJ Mustipher is going this year to the NFL Draft, but if he’s not, I’ll be playing with him too, so that’s great.” 

Dennis-Sutton said his former mates didn’t “try to recruit” him during his official visit. 

“They told me what the real was,” said Dennis-Sutton. “They are my brothers and they’re not going to put me in a bad position.” 

After helping McDonogh to the MIAA A Conference final in 2019, the Eagles didn’t play in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Dennis-Sutton, who played center for the Eagles’ basketball team during the truncated winter season, reshaped his body. 

“Either you could grind your behind off or sit around, I chose to grind,” said Dennis-Sutton, whose stock rose with several strong showings at college camps and showcases. 

McDonogh coach Hakeem Sule has witnessed Dennis-Sutton, who didn’t start playing football until his freshman year at McDonogh in 2018, become one of the nation’s elite prospects. 

“He was able to focus on his body and got really lean,” said Sule. “He came back ripped and lean.  

They’re (Penn State) getting a player with tremendous effort, pride and pursuit to the football, someone who they can trust, someone who’s going to work hard from Day 1.” 

Dennis-Sutton, who can sign a National Letter of Intent as early as December 15 (early signing period), can now focus on the upcoming season and trying to help McDonogh capture the MIAA A crown after losing to Mount St. Joseph in the 2019 championship match. 

“We’ve been doing things together, bowling, working out, doing these summer camps, we’re building that chemistry,” said Dennis-Sutton. “We didn’t have a season last year…every time we walk into the weight room, every time we get on the field, I make sure everybody on the team greets each other. That’s the culture and atmosphere I want to bring and leave at McDonogh.”