Penn State lands four-star Florida cornerback
As Florida four-star cornerback prospect Jordan Miner was streaming his college commitment on a local television broadcast through social media, the feed froze up.
It made Penn State football fans wait a few more minutes to learn the Wiregrass Ranch standout was going to be the newest Nittany Lion recruit, but they’ll gladly forgive that if he can shut down receivers just as effectively in real life.
“I’m most excited about the tradition following the program and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Miner said of the reason he picked the Lions over Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and Maryland — the official announcement came early Thursday evening, but he already had informed Penn State coach James Franklin.
Georgia, Auburn, Oregon, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Pitt also were seeking his services and made scholarship offers to the composite rankings No. 30 cornerback in the 2018 class.
Miner is the 14th member of this Penn State recruiting class and the third ticketed for the Lion secondary. Interestingly, the other two defensive back recruits — Isaiah Humphries and Trent Gordon — also both hail from outside Penn State’s traditional recruiting footprint, coming from Texas.
However, like Humphries, whose dad was a Nittany Lion, Miner does have regional ties: His family originally was from northeastern Ohio, still having family there, and moved to Florida about 10 years ago.
At 6-foot-1, 179 pounds, Miner fits the mold of corners Franklin and his staff covet, rangy and with the ability to make plays and take the ball away. Miner is coming off a season in which he intercepted three passes, broke up 12 more, caused a fumble and blocked a field goal while making 38 tackles for Wiregrass Ranch High School. He returned one of those picks, as well as a kickoff, for a touchdown.
He also showed good ability at making plays in the run game, recording 6.5 tackles for loss en route to making third-team Class 7A all-Florida at a junior.
“Miner flashes impressive ball skills by high-pointing the ball, but also does a nice job of transforming into an offensive weapon once tucking it away. He also impresses with his ability to adjust and track the ball through the air,” Scout.com wrote in its analysis of Miner. “Miner has to continue to strengthen up his frame, but is a tough kid who is willing to come downhill with physicality. He does a good job of reading and reacting, and then closes on the ball in a hurry.
“Miner is not a blazer, but does a nice job of accelerating away from opponents.”
Miner also is a top basketball player on his high school team. He’s been timed at 4.19 seconds in the shuttle run and has a 35-inch vertical jump.
“Jordan is a fantastic young man who has a bright future in terms of sports. He is a natural, which does not come around often to coach,” Wiregrass Ranch coach Mark Kantor said in an article for the school’s student newspaper.
Penn State has been at or near the top of the predicted landing places for Miner for a couple of months and solidified its position at or near the top during an unofficial visit in early June. Terry Smith handled his recruitment.
“First and foremost academics (is what I was looking for). After that, just the school I felt at home,” Miner said.
Penn State currently has the fifth-rated class in the country and will be looking to add to it when a number of its top targets are expected on campus next weekend for the annual “Lasch Bash” extravaganza.