After Penn State’s 2018 class took a blow earlier in the week, the group took a big step forward Sunday morning with the addition of 4-star defensive end Dorian Hardy.

Hardy, from Paramus, N.J., is the sixth-ranked strong-side defensive end in the 2018 class and became Penn State’s 13th verbal commit. His commitment was first reported by 247Sports.

Hardy (6-foot-5, 241 pounds) took a visit to Penn State over the weekend.