Could Penn State be in position to land two of Pennsylvania’s most exciting 2021 prospects down the road?
It certainly appears that way after the team offered St. Joseph’s Prep sophomore receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. Friday.
Harrison Jr. told PennLive it was “an amazing feeling,” to get an offer from the Nittany Lions.
“It’s an amazing feeling to get an offer from any college,” he said. “But it feels even better when the college is in your home state. So, it definitely was a special feeling.”
The 6-foot-4, 180 pounder is PennLive’s seventh-ranked player in Pennsylvania for the Class of 2021.
His quarterback, Kyle McCord, is PennLive’s top-ranked player in the class.
McCord, who passed for more than 2,600 yards and 33 touchdowns to help lead the Hawks to the 6A state title, also has an offer from Penn State.
And, prior to Harrison’s offer, McCord discussed his love for Penn State, and also said he and Harrison Jr. have discussed playing together in college.
“Yes, me and Kyle have talked about possibly going to the same college in the future,” Harrison Jr. told PennLive. “I definitely wouldn’t mind that at all. Kyle is a great player. He makes my job easier, and I think I do the same for him. We complement each other well, and I think we can be a dangerous duo at any level.”
McCord is the son of former Rutgers quarterback Derek McCord.
Harrison Jr. is the son of former NFL Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison.
He also claims offers from Florida and Syracuse.
The team that lands him figures to be getting a well-schooled product.
Harrison Jr. said he works “pretty much all year around” with his father.
“Whether it’s field work, in the weight room or on the track, we’re constantly working to get better,” he said. “I get a little break after the season is over, and we say quality over quantity when it comes to working out.
“Sometimes we work out for three hours, and then other times it’s an hour. It depends on what we want to accomplish that day, but every rep I treat it as if it’s my last.”
Marvin Harrison was a speedy, 6-footer who made his name catching passes from Peyton Manning.
Harrison Jr., however, is already bigger than his father, and is shaping up to be a different type of receiver.
“I think I’m a combination of a lot of wide receivers,” he said. “I can run every route in the route tree. I can do a lot of things. I’m not a one-dimensional receiver.”
He said he watches a lot of Randy Moss, A.J. Green and Michael Thomas.
“I remember watching a video of Michael Thomas running a dig route, and later on in practice that day I ran my dig route as similar as possible to him and I got a lot of separation on my route.
“So, that’s just an example of me trying to learn from them,” he continued. “There’s a lot of things I try to take away from them and put into my game. And, obviously, I learn a lot from my dad working out with him.”
“I listen to everything he tells me.”