Just three days after picking up a win in Pittsburgh, Penn State got more good news out of Western Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning via Twitter.
— Joey Porter Jr (@jjporter_1) September 11, 2018
Joey Porter Jr., a four-star cornerback from North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh’s North Hills, became the fourth No. 1-ranked Pennsylvania recruit in the last four years to commit to head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions, joining Miles Sanders, Lamont Wade and Micah Parsons.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Porter’s father is none other than the current outside linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Joey Porter. The elder Porter had an illustrious NFL career, spending 13 seasons in the league, winning a Super Bowl with the Steelers and becoming an All-Pro four times.
The younger Porter chose Penn State over LSU, Miami, Nebraska and Pitt and currently is ranked as the country’s No. 20 cornerback and No. 214 overall player by 247Sports.
Porter is listed as a cornerback, but with his lineage, instincts and frame, he could easily transition to an outside linebacker later in his career as he adds muscle to his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame.
When he gets to Happy Valley, he will bolster an already young, athletic secondary and could push for playing time immediately should he take to the workout plan and defensive scheme right away.
With his commitment, the Nittany Lions are up to 16 commitments for the 2019 recruiting class, which is now ranked No. 14 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten.