Since arriving at Penn State back in 2014, controlling recruiting in the state of Pennsylvania has been a top priority for James Franklin. Now, just days after knocking off Pitt in Heinz Field 51-6, the Nittany Lions have landed a verbal commitment from the state's top player, four-star cornerback Joey Porter Jr.
— Joey Porter Jr (@jjporter_1) September 11, 2018
Porter Jr., who is of course the son of the legendary Steelers linebacker, first visited Penn State way back in 2016, but his recruitment did not heat up for the Nittany Lions until April of this year when he returned and earned his offer.
The Porter Jr. File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6'2/185 lbs.
- Pos: CB
- School: North Allegheny (Wexford, PA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.8974)
- Composite Rank: No. 316 overall, No. 30 CB
It was a productive spring for the younger Porter, who earned offers from the likes of LSU, West Virginia, Arizona State, Nebraska, and Miami early in 2018. The hometown Panthers extended their offer earlier in the process. If visits are any indication, Pitt, along with LSU were the primary competitors for his commitment.
Porter was actually in attendance for Saturday's waxing of Pitt as a recruiting guest of the Panthers. The night prior, James Franklin was spotted at his high school game.
It has been no secret that Franklin and his staff coveted the versatile defensive back. Standing at 6'2 already, it would not be a stretch to see him grow into a safety or linebacker down the road. The bigger question for the Nittany Lions coaching staff has always been whether or not space existed in the class. With a number of early retirements due to injury, that may have opened the door for Porter to make his decision.
This is commitment No. 16 for the 2019 recruiting class, which now sits 14th nationally according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.