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PITT 2019 JUNIOR SERIES: JOEY PORTER JR.
Joey Porter Jr. (6-1, 165), Cornerback
North Allegheny High School (Wexford, Pa.)
Most football fans in Western Pennsylvania know and have heard of Joey Porter, the former All-Pro Steelers linebacker.
It’s looking like Joey’s son is on his way to becoming the next Porter to make his name known in the game of football.
Joey Porter, Jr. is a cornerback at North Allegheny High School and his name is becoming very well known in the recruiting world as college programs attempt to put together recruiting classes for 2019.
This weekend, Porter was one of the big stories this weekend at a Rivals Football Camp in Cleveland, Ohio.
North Allegheny 2019 CB Joey Porter Jr. proved today at Under Armour Cleveland he should be highly recruited. Great frame, change of direction quickness and ran 10.9 last spring: https://t.co/EtEyE9vu2d pic.twitter.com/3kZwwfB6bm
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) February 18, 2018
Monday morning, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Porter about his weekend in Cleveland, about his recruiting and about the Pitt Panthers.
“I believe that I showed some people that I can actually play corner because I think there were people who didn’t think I could,” Porter said. “Last year was the first year that I played that position because I switched positions last summer. I believe I showed people that I have great technique and that I know what I’m doing on the field.
“I believe some of my strengths are my range and my speed. People think that because I’m long that I don’t have speed but I’m pretty fast and have long range. I can get to the ball fast and high point it well. I believe I have the skills to be a game-changer on the field.”
After his impressive day, it’s not a surprise that some coaches who were in attendance, made it a point to talk to him afterwards.
“Penn State and coaches from Virginia Tech said that I did pretty good,” Porter said. “I’m very excited and can’t wait to get in contact with more coaches and go check out their schools.”
At this point, Porter holds 10 scholarship offers, including ones from Boston College, Buffalo, Colorado State, Maryland, Temple, Toledo, Central Florida, West Virginia and Pitt.
“I like Pitt a lot,” he said. “I like their program and where it’s headed. It’s definitely a school that I would consider going to for sure.
“I like the fact that they’ve shown that if you’re good enough, they’re going to play you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a sophomore, they’ll play you. They’re playing to win. I feel like I could possibly go there and play right away.”
The talented cornerback likes Pitt but the same can be said for Penn State and Ohio State too. If they were to offer, it would make things very interesting.
“Those two could be game-changers,” he said. “I like those schools because they’re big-time schools, who play big times and every week is a big week and you’re playing in front of thousands of people. I would like to play on a stage like that.”
Finally, considering he’s been through this whole thing before, I asked the elder Porter what sort of influence and guidance he’ll receive from his father.
“He’s told me that there’s going to be a lot of coaches that will be wanting you. He told me to always be open to every school that offers you and wants to talk with you. Stay humble and never think too highly of yourself because you never know what’s going to happen. Listen to what every coach has to say and at the end of the day go to the school that you’re most comfortable with and feel that you can play at.”
— Joey Porter Jr (@jjporter_1) November 16, 2017