Heading into Week 3 of the college football season, On3.com weekly analyzes and ranks the most elite players in the country, regardless of position. The most recent On3 Impact 300 rankings came out on Thursday, and Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. came in at number nine in the rankings.
Porter is now the highest-ranked defensive back in the country according to On3, and only Michigan State edge-rusher Jacoby Windmon and Georgia defensive tackle Jalen carter are ahead of him.
He is number nine on the list mainly because of his performance against Purdue when he recorded eight tackles, six pass breakups, and recovered a fumble toward the end of the half that led to a score. Porter’s performance earned him the Chuck Bednarik Award Defensive Player of the Week for Week one.
Porter was not tested much against Ohio last Saturday because he only played 28 snaps on defense, as they were giving younger defensive players extra playing time in a lopsided victory.
The 6-foot-2, 198- pound Porter has an On3 college rating of 98, which gives him a five-star college football player, according to On3.
Porter will be tested again this week when Penn State goes into Auburn, as he will be charged with slowing down Auburn speedster Ja’Varrius Johnson, who averages a whopping 22.8 yards a catch for the Tigers. He will also be expected to help out in run support for backs like Tank Bigsby and Jaquez Hunter, who are expected to carry the ball early and often on Saturday.