Penn State’s No. 2-ranked 2018 recruiting class got a bit better this week, when defensive back Trent Gordon announced he verbally committed to the program.


Gordon is the 12th member of the class, and although he has played mostly at safety in high school, he’s almost certainly going to be a cornerback at the college level. He’s a 5-foot-11, 172-pound kid according to Lions247, and Rivals has him slightly bigger, at 6-foot-0, 175. So, he’s going to need to get bigger and stronger — which, breaking news, all high school prospects do.

But the thing that separates Gordon a bit as a prospect is that he has all the physical tools you look for in a cornerback. He’s an aggressive and sure tackler. He plays the run well. He has quick feet. He can play press and bump and run because he is physical and has long arms, and he reads the quarterback well enough to make a play on a ball. He plays in Texas, so you know the competition he plays on a week-to-week basis is pretty good.

He just looks like a cornerback.

Penn State is going to need a few of those in this class, and Gordon is a solid start. That said, keep the disclaimer in mind: Nothing is official until pen hits paper on Signing Day in February. A lot can change before then. But this has to be considered a great sign for Penn State’s recruiting, considering Gordon is the second player in this class, joining safety Isaiah Humphries, that the coaching staff has lured out of Texas.

Doesn’t seem like that long ago when the Nittany Lions’ fans were wondering when coaching staffs were going to make some inroads in some of the bigger states for prospects like Florida, Texas and California. Now, in the 2018 class, they already have prospects from Texas and Georgia.