As a high school senior at Gateway High School, Jaquan Brisker came to a 7-on-7 camp at Penn State quickly caught the attention of James Franklin and his staff. While he had to take a JUCO detour, as fate would have it, Brisker eventually did end up a Nittany Lion.
|Safety||Monroeville, PA||Lackawanna C.C.||6-foot-1, 190 pounds||Three-Star (88.05)|
Brisker is a top-tier athlete that shows the ability to be a complete safety. He shines as a run defender and playing up near the line of scrimmage where he’s able to use his size and athleticism to not only make a difference in blowing up running plays, but also in getting after the quarterback on blitzes. The three-star JUCO product is strong in pass coverage too though, showing the skills to play man-to-man or zone.
At Lackawanna Community College this past fall, Brisker had 54 tackles, four interceptions, and a fumble recovery for the Falcons, proving to be an extremely productive player on his way to be being named the league’s defensive player of the year.
Unfortunately, Brisker will not arrive on campus until after spring ball ends. Despite this, he will have a great opportunity to earn a starting role in 2019.
Garrett Taylor returns as a starter at safety, but Nick Scott is gone to graduation, while Ayron Monroe and (likely) Lamont Wade are gone to transfer. This leaves Jonathan Sutherland and Brisker competing for a the starting job opposite Taylor. If Brisker’s athleticism translates to the Big Ten game like it did for him at the JUCO level, he very well could be the frontrunner for the starting job come Idaho on August 31.