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Elite 4-Star Georgia Safety Nassir McCoy Talks Penn State Football

Elite 4-star safety Nasir McCoy from Georgia talks to NSN about his thoughts on the program, the history of producing NFL talent, and whether or not he’ll be visiting in the near future.

Nassir McCoy
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As most Penn State football fans are aware of, it’s been a huge last couple of weeks for the Nittany Lions program and talented defensive backs.

It started with the commitment of 4-star defensive backs Jahmir Joseph and 4-star cornerback Daryus Dixson, Jr. Then on Wednesday, Penn State added talented 2025 3-star safety Antonio Branch, Jr. from Miami, Florida.

Lost in the middle of those commitments was an offer that Penn State made to one of the top defensive backs in the Class of 2026.

4-star defensive back Nassir McCoy from Buford High School in Buford, Georgia received word that Penn State became the latest school to extend him an offer. The Rivals.com Top 100 recruit previously received offers from Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, Michigan, Miami, Missouri, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Central Florida and West Virginia.

Nassir McCoy on Penn State Football

Nittany Sports Now was excited to have the chance to talk with McCoy, who was legitimately excited to get the news from Penn State and is well aware of their pipeline of putting defensive backs into the NFL.

“I definitely feel great and excited about the offer,” McCoy tells NSN. “I’ve developed a great relationship with Coach Tom Allen, who called me, and we were chopping it up and then he expressed to me that him and Penn State wanted to extend me an offer. He told me how I’m a great player and that I’m someone that can make plays from anywhere on the field. He believes that I can play either cornerback or safety and that he believes that I have a lot of versatility.”

Despite the fact that he has a long list of offers, don’t think for a minute that hearing from a college program and receiving an offer is something that McCoy takes for granted.

“I definitely, for sure, still get excited by any offer that I’ve fortunate enough to receive. To me, every offer counts. At this point, any offer that I receive, I treat it the same as the other. But yes, the Penn State football offer did feel great because I’ve been watching and following Penn State football for a long time.”

“I know about Penn State’s history of producing NFL players but it something that they also made sure that I was aware of,” said McCoy. “They didn’t need to tell me about that because I already know that. I know a lot of the guys that came out of there. Last season, I loved Kalen King (7th round pick/Green Bay Packers) and their safety that’s there now, KJ Winston.”

Now that we’re past June 15th and college teams are permitted to directly contact players in the Class of 2026, it wasn’t a shock to hear McCoy tell me how busy his recruitment has been lately. His phone is always on and seemingly receiving non-stop messages. In fact, prior to do this interview, McCoy was on the phone with a pretty well-known head coach.

“I’m definitely enjoying all of this (laughing). My phone is blowing up every five minutes. Actually, right before you called me, I was on the phone with Kirby Smart,” said McCoy. “Despite all of the messages and calls, I truly am enjoying all of this and excited and feel fortunate for everything that is going on.”

When describing his on the field strengths, McCoy was quick to point out that he’s definitely a “ball hawk and can play the ball in the air great.” McCoy says that he has the ability to come up and blow up a run play but can also cover the fastest player on the other team. At this stage of his career, it’s yet to be determined if he’ll play cornerback or safety in college.

McCoy has started the process of taking unofficial visits and will start figuring out what schools he’ll make gameday visits for, which will be important. Despite not listing any other particular school, he did say something that will make Penn State coaches happy.

“Of course I’ll visit Penn State. I plan on going to their White Out Game.”

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