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’24 3-Star DB Noah Jenkins Has Penn State in Top 5

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Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

Noah Jenkins, a three-star Class of 2024 DB from Highland Springs High School in Virginia, has named his top five schools, and Penn State is one of them.

Penn State’s in the running along with Ole Miss, Pitt, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

The program offered Jenkins last April.

Jenkins (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) told 247Sports not long after he visited Happy Valley the weekend of Jan. 18 for one of its Junior Day events that Penn State was in his top three, along with Virginia Tech and South Carolina. Ole Miss and Pitt are now in the mix. 

“Considering the love and respect that they give off every single time they’re around or as I step foot on campus,” he told 247. “It just feels like home.”

Penn State is recruiting Jenkins to play safety, per 247. Jenkins told 247 that he feels Penn State’s defensive scheme “fits me.”

“At the safety position there, you’re able to roam and make plays,” he said. “Not just being back deep but blitzing and being involved in a lot of plays. That’s why I feel like (Ji’Ayir) Brown made a lot of plays.”

Penn State’s had recent success recruiting in Virginia. Penn State signed six players from the state to its Class of ‘23. Two of them: four-star OL Alex Birchmeier (Ashburn) and four-star LB Tony Rojas (Fairfax), are among Penn State’s top three ’23 signees according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. 

Penn State currently has two ’24 players committed. They are four-star OL Cooper Cousins (McDowell High School) and four-star LB Anthony Speca (Pittsburgh Central Catholic). Both players are from Pennsylvania, and neither are safeties.

Noah Jenkins would be the first commit from outside the commonwealth and the first safety in Penn State’s Class of ‘24. In the ’23 class, Penn State has five defensive backs signed. 

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