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Meet The 2018 Class: Three-Star DB Isaiah Humphries

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Taking a prospect-by-prospect look at Penn State’s elite 2018 class.

The son of Penn State letterman Leonard Humphries, it became apparent early on in Isaiah’s recruitment that he would be following in his father’s footsteps. After making visits to Northwestern, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, Humphries decided Penn State was the place for him, making the call for the Nittany Lions as the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2017.


Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Safety Sachse, TX Sachse H.S. 5-foot-11, 190 pounds Three-star (0.8776)


Scouting Report

When you watch Humphries’ film, it doesn’t take long to see that this kid is the son of a former NFL player. He plays with such a high football IQ, and just has a feel for the game that most players his age don’t display. He’s at his best dropping back into zone, being able to read the entire field, and then breaking onto the ball.

Humphries is just as good when coming up in run support. Unlike some big time safeties who might shy away from contact, Humphries is a violent tackler. Whether it’s crashing down from his safety position or stepping up into the box as a third linebacker, Humphries shows the willingness to hit somebody.

Humphries has solid size at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, but like most incoming freshmen, could see to add another 10 or so pounds to his frame. Although Humphries isn’t known as the most explosive athlete, he put up really good testing numbers, registering a 4.26-second 20-yard shuttle time and 38.9-inch vertical leap.


Penn State returns just five safeties next year — Nick Scott, Garrett Taylor, Ayron Monroe, John Petrishen, and Jonathan Sutherland. While there might be a position switch or two to aid Tim Banks’ unit, Humphries could play a big part in alleviating those depth concerns. As we touched on above, Humphries is already a pretty polished player, and being that he’s enrolling early, those extra six months on campus will only help his case to see the field right away. He’s a yellow light right now, but one that could turn green with a strong winter and spring.