Joey Porter Jr., one of the top talents in western Pennsylvania in the 2019 recruiting cycle, trimmed his list of potential schools to five on Thursday night, and Pitt made the cut.
Porter is considered a four-star prospect at cornerback by both 247Sports and ESPN, with the latter including the North Allegheny High School product in its ESPN 300. Both sites consider him the top high school player in Pennsylvania in the 2019 recruiting class. Rivals differs in its evaluation of Porter, though, as the recruiting site has him pegged as a three-star recruit.
In addition to Pitt, Porter included LSU, Miami, Nebraska and Penn State on his list of finalists. Thursday night’s round of cuts will come as disappointing news to the other 10 or so schools that offered Porter. Although the three recruiting sites differ on the number of offers he received, they all include longtime Pitt rival West Virginia as one of the universities that missed out.
Other Power Five programs in the vicinity of Pitt, including Maryland and Rutgers, were also shown as having offered Porter by all three sites, as was Colorado State, the alma mater of his father, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebackers coach and former NFL star Joey Porter.
While the news bodes well for Pitt for now, it’s unclear when Porter will come to a final decision.