Weight: 320 pounds
Hometown: Westbury, New York
Before Penn State: Not a lot of high school football players become four-time team captains, but Artis did that at St. Francis Prep.
He also played well on the field, being rated the No. 2 high school player in New York from the 2022 class by 247Sports and Rivals, the No. 3 New York prospect in ESPN’s rankings and No. 6 player on On3’s list.
A consensus three-star recruits on those sites, Artis committed to Penn State on the 4th of July in 2021, choosing James Franklin’s program over Auburn, Florida State, Notre Dame and Virginia, among other schools.
2022: Artis redshirted his first season but did play in two games.
Where he stands: Penn State is in good hands at defensive tackle. The team returns Hakeem Beamon, Coziah Izzard, Dvon Ellies and Zane Durant. So Artis might not get a ton of playing time in Year 2, but his size and added year of experience could help him make more of an impact than he did as a redshirt in 2022.
A quote by Artis: “A lot of time went into my decision. First of all, it was meeting with family and people who helped me along the way. I think what was super important was making sure it was as close as possible to a perfect fit, and making sure I felt comfortable.” Artis to Lions247 on his commitment.
A quote about Artis: “He is so polite and well-rounded,”— James Franklin on early signing day last December.