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Penn State Lands Four-Star Cornerback Jahmir Joseph

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Penn State has landed Montvale, N.J., native and four-star cornerback Jahmir Joseph. The Nittany Lions announced his commitment on social media. A 2025 recruit from St. Joseph Regional School, Joseph is now the second four-star cornerback in the past week to commit to Penn State. 

Joseph picked Penn State over South Carolina, Notre Dame and Stanford, among others. He visited Stanford, Notre Dame and Penn State. His last visit to State College, Penn., was this past Friday. The East Coast native decided that Happy Valley would be a place to call home for the foreseeable future.

Joseph's Relationship With Terry Smith

Penn State defensive backs coach Terry Smith recruited Joseph and another four-star cornerback recruit, Daryus Dixson. Smith is making sure his cornerback room will lose as little talent as possible when veteran players leave. In the Big Ten Conference, it will be hard to remain consistent from year to year. So beefing up on recruiting classes will be a quick way to ensure consistent success.

“They are cool, very down to Earth,” Joseph said to Briah Dohn of “(Smith) is cool. I feel like I can talk to him about anything. We have a very close relationship.” 

Terry Smith speaks to media
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Scouting Jahmir Joseph

Joseph is 6-foot and 185 pounds. According to Hudson Standish, an analyst on, he believes Joseph could eventually get close to 200 pounds in the next couple of years. If that happens, then it can only improve the physicality of Penn State’s cornerback room. That's especially true now that the conference is getting more competitive.

“(Joseph) profiles as a savvy field corner with the schematic versatility to play man-to-man or in a varied zone scheme,” Standish said.

Those words almost match Dixon’s scouting profile. Both cornerbacks seem to be in the mold that defensive coordinator Tom Allen is looking for this season. 

Joseph seems to get the “1-0 each week” motto that coach James Franklin has been pushing over his time at Penn State.

“How they play and how welcoming they are of me," Joseph said to 247Sports. “It’s a big family (and Penn State) has that dog mentality and that one percent (better) every play.”

Penn State has now jumped to 12th overall with Joseph's commitment, according to in its 2025 class rankings. If this spot holds, then it will mark the second-highest slot for Penn State in the rankings over the past five years. They were ranked seventh back in 2022.


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