- United States
- C, OG, OT
- Cleveland, OH
- High School
- St. Ignatius
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Post-OSU Update: Juan Porter was undrafted in the 1997 NFL Draft. He was signed to two practice squads in 1997 and 1999, but did not play in a regular season game. He played in the XFL and then transitioned into coaching. He is currently a high school administrator and football coach. (Updated: Jan. 2022)
Major: History (1996), Economics (1995), Unknown (1992-94)
Weight: 295 (1996), 285 (1995), 290 (1994), 296 (1993), 305 (1992)
1996: Team co-captain … had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in late August and missed the season opener with Rice … returned to the starting lineup against Notre Dame and started the last 10 games … won second-team All-Big Ten honors .,. vastly underrated player.
1996 Media Guide: Will be in his third season as the Buckeyes’ starting center … coming off his best year and should be 4 candidate for all-league, and perhaps All-America, honors in 1996 … played 356 minutes last year, the second highest total on the team, and has played virtually every down the past two years … a vastly underrated player who does it all, including making the calls at the line of scrimmage … fine technician with good athletic ability … came to Ohio State as an offensive guard, but moved to center in the spring of 1994 and has been the regular ever since
especially valuable because of his ability to play any of the interior positions … Honorable Mention all-Big Ten last year and should be the top-rated center in the league this year.
1995 Media Guide: Should be one of the top centers in the Big Ten this fall … returns for his second year as the Buckeyes’ starter … coming off a very good sophomore campaign in which he won honorable mention all-Big Ten honors … played guard prior to last year, but moved to center in the spring of 1994 when projected starter Brian Smith suffered a knee injury … the move was designed to be temporary, but when Smith had back problems last fall, Porter remained at center … started all 13 games last fall and played almost every down … had not played center since grade school, but appears to be a natural for the position and has the potential to win first-team all-league honors before his career is over … valuable, too, because of his ability to play any of the
three interior offensive line positions.
1994 Media Guide: Appears to have the inside track for the starting position at center … was moved to that spot when expected starter, Brian Smith, was injured early in spring practice … had not played center, either in high school or college, before the move … was expected to grab the starting left guard position, and still may end up playing guard with the Buckeyes … has good footwork and has worked hard to improve his game … has a very bright future with the Buckeyes.
1993: Saw action in 10 games, mostly as the backup to left guard Jason Winrow and started against Rice and Pittsburgh at left guard … logged 123 total minutes, with his longest stint against Rice in the season opener (26 minutes) … greatly improved from his redshirt season the previous year, and the line did not suffer when he entered the game … came back to fall camp in excellent shape.
1993 Media Guide: Will see some playing time as the backup to Jason Winrow at left guard … showed quite a bit of improvement from fall to spring practice … impresses the coaching staff with his ability to stay on his feet … has a bright future if he continues his development … redshirted last season.
1992 Media Guide: An honorable mention All-America pick by USA Today and Street & Smith’s … selected Division I all-Ohio and was twice named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Scholastic Team … graded out at over 92% in offensive blocking efficiency as a senior … helped St. Ignatius win the state title in 1989 and ’91 as a three-year starter … team went 12-2 in capturing the crown in 1991 and was 14-0 in 1989 when it was awarded the national championship No. 1 spot by USA Today … a team tri-captain as a senior … played guard as a sophomore before moving to tackle … high school coach was Chuck Kyle … interested in a career in business … born 11-26-73.