Penn State’s cornerback room has found itself in a precarious situation following the departure of Storm Duck for Louisville after just a few months on campus. The Nittany Lions were counting on Duck to play a role in 2023 behind starters Kalen King and Johnny Dixon. While it doesn’t seem like a huge deal to lose a backup, Terry Smith has regularly played four or five outside cornerbacks in the rotation over the years.
Adding to the situation is the elephant in the room beyond 2023, as both King and Dixon could both be hearing their names called at this time next year. Duck had a year left but also had the opportunity to petition for another year in 2024 if he chose to do so. Because of how eligibility in the room has been stacked, the Nittany Lions still kept an eye on the position at the portal even with Duck on board for future purposes. Now, they may have to address both issues with the same player.
One that we’ve confirmed the Nittany Lions have a legitimate interest in is former Alabama cornerback Jahquez Robinson. Robinson entered the Transfer Portal on April 18 and visited Colorado over the weekend. Georgia Tech and North Carolina have also been connected to Robinson since he went into the Portal.
Robinson spent three seasons with the Crimson Time, getting limited playing time. He played a total of seven games, with six of them coming during the 2022 season. He did not play in 2020 and used his redshirt season in 2021. Robinson will enter the 2023 season with redshirt sophomore eligibility.
Robinson has a loose connection to Penn State
The 6-foot-2, 199-pounder was a four-star prospect according to the On3 Industry Rankings out of Sandalwood High School in the Jacksonville area in the Class of 2020. Robinson is friends with Penn State cornerback Cam Miller, who is from nearby Fernandina Beach. The Nittany Lions also hold commitments form a pair of Jacksonville cornerbacks in 2024 in Jon Mitchell and Antoine Belgrave-Shorter.
Robinson does not have a visit scheduled to Penn State at this point, but that could change. The Nittany Lions have also been in touch with his former teammate at Alabama, Tre’Quon Fegans. A redshirt freshman and member of the 2022 class, Fegans entered the Transfer Portal on April 19 with four years of eligibility remaining.
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