Penn State Football: Two new transfer portal players on Nittany Lions radar

Memphis Tigers wide receiver Tahj Washington (Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)
Memphis Tigers wide receiver Tahj Washington (Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Penn State Football has been as aggressive as any team in the country in the transfer portal this offseason adding five players, but it appears they may not be done trying to add talent to the 2021 roster. 

247sports is reporting that Penn State Football is keeping close tabs on two new entries into the transfer portal.

On Wednesday, now former Memphis freshman wide receiver Tahj Washington entered his name into the transfer portal and after doing some investigative work, 247sports is connecting the dots from Washington to Happy Valley.

Immediately after he popped up in the portal, Washington received twitter follows from Nittany Lions special team coordinator Joe Lorig and recruiting staffers Dann Kabala and Hunter Carson.

Lorig could be the key piece in trying to get the freshman wideout to State College because Lorig recruited him to Memphis. In the transfer portal recruitment process, we have seen past connections and past relationships play a major role in what schools players ultimately end up at.

Wide receiver is one of the stronger position groups for Penn State Football, however Washington is the type of playmaker new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich could deploy in his offense and give their offense that true third option they need in the passing game.

Last season, the Marshall, Texas native caught 43 passes for 743 yards and six touchdowns, averaging an explosive 17.3 yards per reception. Listed at five-foot-eleven and 175 pounds Washington does have the ability to play inside or outside, and would mesh well with the Nittany Lions current group of wideouts who are all similar in that they are able to play all three wide receiver positions.

Penn State Football is hoping next fall that freshman wide receiver Keandre Lambert-Smith takes that next step and emerges as a true third option behind Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington, however Washington is a proven commodity with years of remaining eligibility.