Juwan Johnson opened the door to leaving Penn State
In a bit of surprise move Friday, Penn State wide receiver Juwan Johnson entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. Johnson, a redshirt senior, still has a year of eligibility remaining. Since he already graduated, he’d be considered a graduate student, meaning that if he moves to a new program, he wouldn’t have to sit out a year.
Entering into the transfer portal does not mean that Johnson has decided to leave Happy Valley, it just means that he is currently exploring other options.
Introduced for this season, the NCAA created the transfer portal as a way for athletes to make their intentions known to other coaches. From the NCAA:
“This new system allows a student to inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, then requires that school to enter the student’s name into a national transfer database within two business days. Once the student-athlete’s name is in the database, other coaches are free to contact that individual.”
The news of Johnson entering the portal was announced by college football reporter, Bruce Feldman, on Twitter Friday afternoon.
#PennState WR Juwan Johnson has just entered the transfer portal, per source. He’s a 6-4, 225-pounder with good speed who has 81 catches for over 1000 yards in his career.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 11, 2019
Ryan Snyder of Rivals reported that rumors of Johnson transferring have been around for a while.
There’s been rumors about this for a few weeks now https://t.co/WiiBmGX1KP
— Ryan Snyder (@RivalsSnyder) January 11, 2019
Johnson came to Penn State as part of the 2015 recruiting class. He was a four-star recruit from Glassboro, NJ and was one of the best wide receivers available. Standing at six-foot-four, he was a wanted by some of the biggest programs in the country, including Alabama, Ohio State, and Michigan State.
In there seasons on the field at Penn State, Johnson totaled 81 catches for 1,123 yards and two touchdowns.