Penn State is having a less than desirable offseason in 2019.
If missing out on the best class of 2020 receiver from Pennsylvania to a rival wasn’t enough, it has gotten worse.
Three players have decommitted from PSU this week, as four-star tackle Grant Toutant flipped to Ohio State on Sunday before four-star tackle Aaryn Parks, who is Moten’s teammate at National Christian Academy in Maryland, opened up his recruitment on Wednesday.
“There are still a few of those kids who commit early who are going to decommit and want to look around,” PSU running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider said earlier this week when asked about recruiting in general.
“They say, ‘Hey, I rushed my decision.’ We try to tell them, ‘Don’t commit if you’re not ready.”Quote from Pennlive.com
De-commitment hasn’t been the only issue for the Nittany Lions. Penn State also lost a possible starter at QB in Tommy Stevens to the transfer portal. Then Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders are off to the NFL with Sanders leaving early.
While most of the rest of the players that transferred out won’t have major impact, here is the list:
Juwan Johnson (WR, Oregon); Mark Allen (RB, Duquesne); Brandon Polk (WR, James Madison); Irvin Charles (WR, TBD); Sterling Jenkins (OT, Duquesne); Torrence Brown (DE, Southern Miss); Jarvis Miller (LB, Massachusetts); Dea’lun Darien (LB, Delaware); Ayron Monroe (S, Temple); Zech McPhearson (CB, Texas Tech)
Juwan Johnson is a tough loss for Penn State had more than 1,000 combined receiving yards over the last two years. Mark Allen was also given reps while sitting behind Barkley and Sanders the last few years.
Penn State hasn’t brought anyone in from the transfer portal to help offset the departure of so many players.
The cupboard isn’t being left bare for James Franklin however. They still have QB Sean Clifford who looked like he was beating out Tommy Stevens for the starting job before the transfer. RB Noah Cain and WR Justin Shorter should be able to fill in for some of the loss of talent and luckily Lamont Wade and Cam Sullivan-Brown decided to stay after putting their names in to transfer.
All hope isn’t lost in Happy Valley but this has to be a bit concerning. Losing 2020 four star commits to Ohio State is never a good look. Tommy Stevens may not have won the starting job, however he was the primary backup the last few seasons and would have been helpful to have around.
For as talented as Penn State is, they may be having the worst offseason and taking the torch from USC. It looked liked the Trojans were doomed early in the offseason but the return of Bru McCoy and transfer of Chris Steele helped.
We still have a few months to go and a transfer portal full of guys. But if Penn State doesn’t stop this trend of commits and players deciding to go elsewhere, it could be a long 2019.
Started Saturday Tailgate in 2018. I have covered college football since 2017, wrote for Saturday Tailgate and Fansided. Covering all things Big 12 from recruiting to opinions on the best conference in college football.