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4-star Florida CB Jordan Miner set to visit State College
Last week, we introduced new Nittany Lions offer Ray Woodie III, a 2019 defensive back prospect from Wiregrass Ranch (Fla.) High School. We head back to Wiregrass Ranch today to focus on his teammate: 4-star CB Jordan Miner.
The 6-foot-1, 179-pound prospect is a rising senior who carries 27 scholarship offers. He placed Penn State on his initial list of favorites last month:
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— Uno (@Jordanminer01) April 24, 2017
Along with the Nittany Lions, his top 11 includes Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oregon, Syracuse and Tennessee.
“I could see myself playing at any of those 11 schools, but I need to visit to check if it’s the right fit for me,” Miner said.
Listed No. 27 overall among cornerback recruits in the 247Sports’ 2018 composite rankings, he traveled to Auburn and Georgia earlier this month. His exploratory process continues June 3, when Miner heads to Happy Valley.
“I just want to go up there and make sure that the love is real,” he said. “Get a whole feel for the campus and see if I could really see myself playing there. I’ll get a look at the academics, first and foremost, before the football facility.”
Miner plans to pursue a degree in sports management or sports marketing, and he will be in State College alongside his father, John.
The Nittany Lions offered last October, midway through his junior season. He maintains consistent communication with Penn State defensive recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Terry Smith.
“I talk to Coach Smith at least once a week,” Miner said. “He sees me playing all over the defense: at cornerback, nickel and some safety. He also sees me playing special teams on kick return and punt return. There’s going to be a solid chance I can come in and play right way.”
Miner enjoyed success as a kickoff returner last fall. He averaged 33.4 yards per return, according to MaxPreps, and said opponents began to actively avoid him by kicking the ball in other directions.
He tallied 5 total touchdowns in 10 games last season, scoring on special teams, defense and offense. Miner, who starts at cornerback for Wiregrass Ranch, also takes significant snaps at receiver and occasionally lines up at quarterback.
“Jordan is a great player who can compete really anywhere on the field,” said Woodie III, who also wants to visit Penn State. “He’s very coachable and makes a big impact in every phase of the game.”
Miner collected 38 tackles, 12 pass deflections, 3 interceptions and a blocked field goal in 10 games as a junior, per MaxPreps.
His first offer arrived from Toledo in April 2016. Collegiate interest has steadily mounted since then, and he said the unveiling of a top-11 list hasn’t discouraged other programs from entering this pursuit.
“Even since I’ve released [the list], other schools are still recruiting me hard because I’m still open to change if I want to,” Miner said.
He stated multiple schools are starting to “stir it up,” identifying Arkansas, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. The Badgers and Razorbacks both offered earlier this month, while Pitt coaches made an impact with multiple visits to Wiregrass Ranch.
“I’m really starting to get excited about Pitt,” he said.
For now, Penn State is the only program with a confirmed visit date. He also intends to travel to Oregon and Syracuse this summer.
Miner is comfortable with the thought of a long-distance college commitment. Cold weather wouldn’t exactly be a shock to the system since he lived in Canton, Ohio, until his family moved south during elementary school.
Due to these roots, he grew up an Ohio State fan despite spending adolescence surrounded by fans of Florida, Florida State and Miami. The thought of someday competing against the Buckeyes – an inevitable outcome if Miner lands in Happy Valley – excites him.
“It would be crazy but if I do go against them, I’ll have to get them,” he said.
Penn State presently carries a pair of defensive back pledges in the 2018 class – both from Texas. Safety Isaiah Humphries and Trent Gordon committed to the Nittany Lions as juniors and are designated 3-star prospects in the 247Sports’ composite rankings.
As of Monday, Miner would become the program’s highest-rated 2018 defensive pledge if he joins the group.
— Uno (@Jordanminer01) April 4, 2017
He provided Land of 10 with a self-scouting report.
“A long corner with great ball skills who can play man-to-man or zone (coverage),” Miner said. “Great at route recognition, baiting the quarterback and slowing down receivers to make things hard for the offense. Also a strong tackler.”
He isn’t quite sure when a commitment will occur but left the door open for a preseason decision. Miner places high importance on campus visits, especially when it comes to taking a close look at academic opportunities.
This is likely to result in a recruitment that lasts into the 2017 season. Miner said if that’s the case he expects to use multiple official visits before reaching a final decision with his family.
He will not enroll early and plans to play basketball at Wiregrass Ranch next winter, so there isn’t a substantial sense of urgency regarding this choice.
The upcoming trip to Penn State should play a pivotal role in whether the Nittany Lions remain a legitimate contender deep into fall. A positive experience June 3, combined with his strong relationship with Coach Smith, has the potential to push the Nittany Lions near the top of his list.