When Jared Porter was asked by West Virginia Sports Now on what player in the pros he’d compare himself to, his answer was confidently, “I’d like to be compared to myself.”
Porter, a class of 2025 safety offered by West Virginia back on May 18, did end up settling on wide receiver Tyreek Hill as his player comp. Of course, the two play different positions and if Porter were to make the NFL, he’d might even have to line up against Hill. It’s not so much the style of play that Hill is, but his attitude and work ethic that Porter says is similar.
“How much he works to be the best,” said Porter on why he landed on Hill. “He just looks like someone fun to be around.”
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound safety attends Central Dauphin East in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. West Virginia was the third school to offer him (Bowling Green, Connecticut), but the first power-five school to do so. In addition to football, Porter plays two other sports at Central Dauphin East. He participates in track and is a wrestler on the school’s team.
“Hard work and pushing myself to be great,” Porter said on how being a three-sport athlete has helped him in football.
Outside of sports, Porter enjoys spending time with family and attending church every Sunday where he helps further his relationship with God. His favorite activities with his family include playing the card game UNO, bowling and going out to eat. As for church, he credits God for creating all the opportunities he has now.
“God is really important to me because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here right now and have all the opportunities I have now.”