Three-star Cornerback Jeffrey Davis Jr. Signs Letter of Intent With Penn State

By Nick Polak on December 16, 2020 at 8:50 am
Three-star cornerback Jeffrey Davis Jr. signs his letter of intent with Penn State.

Welcome to National Signing Day for the 2021 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)

Penn State has made a habit in recent years of grabbing defensive back recruits out of the New England area, and that continues in 2021 with Jeffrey Davis Jr.

Jeffrey Davis Jr.
Position: Cornerback
Height/Weight: 6'0/170 lbs.
High School: Kingswood-Oxford School (West Hartford, CT)
247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8755)
Positional Rank: No. 521 Overall, No. 40 Cornerback, No. 3 in Connecticut
Commitment Date: April 17, 2020

RLR's Take

Honestly, it's hard to form too detailed of an opinion at this point about Davis Jr. His high school tape is 90% film of him playing receiver, and even in the clips we do get to see of him playing corner, we only see him defend one pass thrown further than 5 yards downfield.

Still, he's a fluid enough athlete that he should be able to cover Big Ten receivers once he's given time to refine his technique and get to a proper playing weight. He's probably better suited for a boundary or field corner role, rather than the slot.

Moving Forward

It would be a surprise to see Davis Jr. play as a freshman. He could certainly prove us wrong in that regard, but he's definitely in need of adding some bulk to his slender frame before he's able to make an impact on the field. Considering that Joey Porter Jr., Keaton Ellis, Marquis Wilson, Joseph Johnson, and potentially Donovan Johnson all return in 2021, there isn't any need to rush Davis Jr. onto the field.


2021 Cornerback Scholarship Chart
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Donovan Johnson* Keaton Ellis Joey Porter Jr.* Joseph Johnson*
  Marquis Wilson Daequan Hardy* Kalen King
      Jeffrey Davis Jr.

* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Jeffrey.