On September 11, 2018, Joey Porter Jr., son of former Steelers’ linebacker Joey Porter and four-star safety prospect, committed to Penn State. Porter Jr. is the top-ranked player in Pennsylvania for the 2019 class and excites a lot of people with his size at 6’2″. Jr. attended the Nittany Lions beat down of the Pitt Panthers on Saturday, and it must’ve been the deciding factor in what he called a “no-brainer” decision. He also plans on attending Penn State’s annual White Out game against #4 Ohio State on September 29.
Joey Porter Jr.’s commitment begs the question: Is Penn State, the school known as Linebacker U, becoming DBU? Coach James Franklin quickly established himself at PSU with his ability to recruit some of the most talented players around. Franklin is keeping Linebacker U alive with Micah Parsons, who was a five-star prospect a year ago, but the linebackers aren’t the star of the show anymore. Along with Parsons last year, Franklin was able to get defensive backs Lamont Wade and Tariq Castro-Fields. Wade was a five-star recruit and was considered the number one overall player in Pennsylvania. Castro-Fields also held his own as a four-star safety in Maryland.
It may be too early to tell as Wade switched to safety during the offseason, but the fact that PSU’s entire secondary was invited to the combine last year and three of the four players were drafted is a very good sign for Penn State’s future. The Nittany Lions’ defense could be scary good in two or three years, especially if Wade, Castro-Fields, and Porter Jr. live up to the hype.