Barely a week after releasing his top-8, Sachse (Tx.) native and four-star defensive back Isaiah Humphries is a Nittany Lion.
— Isaiah (@TheHumphries23) January 1, 2017
Humphries has long been familiar with the Penn State. His father Leonard played for the Nittany Lions in the 90's, and enjoyed a brief professional career in the NFL and CFL, before settling in Texas.
The Humphries File
- Class: 2018
- Size: 5'11/180 lbs.
- Pos: DB
- School: Sachse (Sachse, Tx.)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9142)
- Composite Rank: [No. 226] (No. 19 Safety)
While the younger Humphries had a final list of eight programs, the two favorites were thought to be the Nittany Lions, along with nearby Oklahoma.
Humphries just completed his junior year, totaling 51 tackles, along with five interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and two more forced fumbles. His Sachse High School team wrapped up the year 11-1, falling in the state playoffs to the eventual state runner-up.
There is obviously plenty of familiarity for the Humphries family with State College, but as part of Isaiah's recruitment, he had two unofficial visits to Happy Valley in 2015 before ever earning his scholarship offer. That offer came in February of this year. While he did not make it back for a game this past season, he was on campus in July for to camp for the Nittany Lions staff, and the Lasch Bash the following day. Terry Smith, a former teammate of Leonard at Penn State, was also a big factor.
Humphries' commitment brings the 2018 class to seven total, including six four-star players, and five-star all-everything Micah Parsons. The class remains the top-ranked group thus far in 2018, widening the gap to current No. 2 Florida State.