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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New Jersey is a talent-rich state and Franklin needs to keep that pipeline flowing to Happy Valley. Joseph would be an important addition to the defense, but as the Nittany Lions struggle to develop an elite receiving threat, ensuring a commitment from Quincy Porter is imperative. 

The 6-foot-3 190 190-pound receiver has received heavy interest from Michigan and Ohio State as well as Frankin’s staff. Oklahoma and Alabama are even in the mix for the four-star who is a top 15-rated wide receiver in the country. Penn State rarely has access to those types of talents, especially once Ohio State gets involved, but the proximity to New Jersey could give wide receiver coach Marques Hagans a leg up in recruiting. 

Porter is a dominant physical threat on the outside who wins most every 50/50 ball, but even with his long legs, he’s twitched up enough to evade tacklers after the catch and regularly turns a 5-yard completion into a 50-yard touchdown. He has impressive contact balance, which not only helps him win at the top of routes against physical receivers but makes him difficult to bring down once he gets the ball in his hands. 

Penn State hasn’t had a true No. 1 wide receiver who could create space on the outside since Jahan Dotson’s final season in 2021. That type of player won’t be on this first edition of Kotelnicki’s offense, but if the Nittany Lions can land Porter, Allar, or whoever takes over at quarterback, will have a top target to build the passing game around.

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