Porter, who earlier this month declared for the NFL Draft and opted-out of Penn State’s bowl game, is on the second All-America team of the AFCA FBS Coaches.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press named Porter a second-team All-American as well.
Last week, the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp selection committee named Porter— you guessed it— a second-team All-American. But Porter didn’t make second-team All-Big Ten. Instead, he made unanimous first-team, the only Penn State player on defense or offense to do so. Porter getting these honors in the weeks following his final game at Penn State are appropriate. In his four seasons at Penn State, Porter progressed from redshirt to starter to arguably one of the best corners in school history.
Porter is projected to be a first-round pick, and if that happens, he’ll be the first Penn State player to accomplish that feat.
One of the people who’s helped Porter be successful is, of course, his father, former All-Pro and Super Bowl champion linebacker Joey Porter.
Another is Penn State’s cornerbacks coach, Terry Smith . Smith worked with Porter for all four years, and in Smith’s words, Porter was a “kid” when he started at Penn State and “a grown man” by the time he finished.
“He’s done a tremendous job,” Smith told reporters via Zoom two days before Penn State’s game against Ohio State this past season. “He’s worked his tail off. This guy’s constantly in the weight room, out on the field. In the meeting room. Everything that he’s getting, he’s absolutely worked hard and deserved to get.”