Penn State football’s most important 2025 recruiting targets

James Franklin is hesitant to overspend in the transfer portal to correct recruiting mistakes, so landing these three high school targets will be crucial for the Nittany Lions to build a College Football Playoff contender.
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Jahmir Joseph has good feet, long arms, and plays the ball well through the catch point. He’s exactly what Penn State typically prioritizes at the position, a position that was addressed through the transfer portal this offseason. For a program that doesn’t rely on the portal for roster building, adding two players at one position is akin to admitting a mistake in recruiting. 

With both Johnny Dixon and Kalen King out for the Peach Bowl, Ole Miss torched Cam Miller, who got snaps as CB1. It wasn’t long after that Franklin signed Jalen Kimber from Florida and A.J. Harris from Georgia, who will both likely start over Miller in 2024. 

While Harris is a long-term solution with multiple years of eligibility remaining, Kimber is a stop-gap, so unless a player like 2024 four-star Jon Mitchell shows promise this season, Allen’s defense will need more depth on the outside in 2025 and beyond. Penn State’s 2025 class already includes three-star corner Xxavier Thomas and the Nittany Lions are targeting multiple safeties, but a lock-down cornerback like Joseph is a necessity. 

The 6-foot tall 172-pound defensive back is scheduled to visit Happy Valley on June 14 after an unofficial last fall. He’s also visiting Stanford, Auburn, and Notre Dame this summer.