Following their National Title loss on Monday night to the University of Georgia the exodus of players from the Crimson Tide to the transfer portal has started and it could be to the benefit of Penn State Football
In the wake of their National Championship Game loss on Monday night, a trio of Alabama players has entered the portal that should catch the eye of head coach James Franklin and Penn State Football.
The Nittany Lions have not been as aggressive as they were last offseason in the portal thus far, at least on the surface in terms of landing players. By this time last year, Franklin had all five transfers committed whereas this year, only wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley has come aboard the blue and white.
Fans are almost positively growing impatient and frustrated with the lack of movement and news coming out of Happy Valley, however, an exciting trio of Crimson Tide players entering the portal on Tuesday could have Franklin on the phone very quickly.
Let’s take a look at the three former Alabama players that could make sense for Penn State Football
Jahleel Billingsley – Tight End
Billingsley looked like he was on his way to becoming the next star tight at Alabama after catching 18 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns as a redshirt freshman.
This past season, he mirrored those stats with 17 receptions for 256 yards and three scores but did not take the step many anticipated. He was a nonfactor in the championship game Monday night, not registering a catch after being targeted a few times early in the game.
As a four-star recruit coming out of high school Billingsley had Penn State Football squarely in the mix and took a visit to State College right before his trip to Tuscaloosa.
With tight ends Theo Johnson, Brenton Strange, and Tyler Warren on the roster and all coming back in 2022 the room is crowded, but none of the three stepped up and took a huge role this season. Billingsley would be the best athlete of the group and could stretch the field and be more like a true slot receiver more so than any of the guys on the roster are capable of.
Defense will be the focus for Franklin, but Billingsley having a previous relationship with the staff, he could make a lot of sense here.