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Fast-rising cornerback Jermaine Matthews adds Penn State offer

Keegan Pope05/12/22
Article written by:On3 imageKeegan Pope


Jermaine Matthews
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Just a day after announcing that he plans to make his college commitment later this summer, Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods cornerback Jermaine Matthews is still garnering more interest. On Thursday afternoon, Matthews picked up an offer from Penn State.

The 6-foot, 175-pounder is the No. 553 overall prospect in the 2023 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 54 cornerback and the No. 15 junior in the state of Ohio.

On3 is a higher on him than the other major recruiting services though, according to the Industry Comparison. Although he wasn’t ranked in the most recent On300 rankings nationally, Matthews was tabbed as the country’s No. 35 cornerback and No. 10 Ohio prospect.

Early last month, Jermaine Matthews named his top nine schools: Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Cincinnati, Illinois, and Rutgers.

The hometown Bearcats have made him a major priority, hosting him twice on campus since January. He also has an official visit locked in there for June 3, as well as one to Pitt on June 24.

Those two teams currently stand at the top of his recruitment, according to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM). However, with three official visits still available, Penn State has a chance to make a move on one of the Midwest’s best defensive backs.