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Oh, Hello: Three-Star DB Jeffrey Davis Jr. Commits to Penn State

And the train keeps on rollin’...

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The Skinny

Height/Weight: 6-foot, 170 pounds

Hometown/High School: West Hartford, CT (Kingswood-Oxford)

Ranking: ★★★ (0.8678 247Sports Composite)

Notable Offers: Michigan, Tennessee, Boston College


The Tale

Davis’ recruitment took off a bit in midst of a strong junior season that saw him move up the recruiting rankings on both 247Sports and Rivals.

He visited Penn State unofficially in November for the Indiana game and received an offer that day. The offer immediately moved the Nittany Lions in contention for Davis, who also boasts offers from Michigan, Tennessee and area school, Boston College.

Davis once again visited in February, which put the Nittany Lions on top as the favorites to eventually land his commitment. After the recent run of defensive back commitments, including Kalen King, Jaylen Reed and Zakee Wheatley, Davis moved quickly in setting a date and then eventually making the cal for Penn State on Friday afternoon.


Davis is listed as an athlete on Rivals and a wide receiver on 247, but he’s almost assuredly bound for the defensive side of the ball at the next level. He’s only listed at 6-foot, but he’s rangy and his long limbs suggest he may still have some growing to do.

On tape, Davis impresses mostly at the wideout position. He’s not the most nimble or agile player that you’ll see, but he shows on his long speed on deep balls. With Penn State seemingly emphasizing length in the secondary, we could see Davis end up a boundary corner in the long run.

Additionally, both Reed and Wheatley are almost surefire safeties at Penn State and the Nittany Lions are still in the mix for a pair of in-state four-stars in Derrick Davis and Donovan McMillon, though either could probably play at the SAM linebacker position for Brent Pry.

Davis isn’t the type of player that fans should expect to see right away in Beaver Stadium, but if Terry Smith can refine his technique, Davis could play a big role long-term, similar to that of former Nittany Lion and Arizona Cardinal Christian Campbell.