As part of National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Times Shamrock newspapers’ Penn State football beat writer Donnie Collins is breaking down every member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class. This is a look at defensive back Isaiah Humphries, who is ranked as the No. 39 safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.
School: Sachse (Tex.) HS
Projected position: Safety
Ranking: Three stars by 247sports, Rivals.com and ESPN
Status: Signed LOI in December; Enrolled Spring 2018
Other offers: Arkansas, Baylor, California, Colorado, Duke, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, SMU, Texas-San Antonio, Utah, Vanderbilt.
Projection: The son of former Penn State DB Leonard Humphries, Humphries is a true safety, one who reads the ball well, breaks on it and has the hands to pick off the throw. But what’s most impressive about him — and what makes him likely to stick at safety — is his ability to diagnose a play. Humphries has great instincts and gets a solid jump on pass plays side to side, helping shut down running lanes for slot receivers and backs. He’s on campus for the spring semester like fellow Texan Trent Gordon, and also like Gordon, he’s playing a position that is going to be wide open for the Nittany Lions. He could be an immediate factor on special teams and challenge to crack the second team on defense.