Penn State football will look to add to its 2023 roster this week with the transfer portal opening
Monday is a big day for Penn State Football, and the rest of college football, as the transfer portal will officially open.
While Penn State’s staff still has to focus on signing the 2023 recruiting class in a couple weeks and prepare for the Rose Bowl against Utah, the portal is priority No. 1 this week.
One position Penn State Football may target in the portal is wide receiver. The Nittany Lions will lose Mitchell Tinsley and could still lose Parker Washington to the draft. Putting as much talent around projected 2023 starting quarterback Drew Allar should be the top priority for the staff this offseason.
While we touched on four wide receiver options in the portal on Sunday, another big target announced his intentions to enter the portal on Sunday night.
The new target is Kent State wide out Dante Cephas.
Cephas will have two years of eligibility remaining at his new destination. This past season, Cephas caught 48 passes for 744 yards and three touchdowns in nine games. He had a breakout season in 2021, hauling in 82 passes for 1,240 yards and nine touchdowns.
The 6-foot-1 wide receiver is from Pittsburgh, meaning Penn State will have some local pull in this one, if it chooses to pursue. The hometown Pitt Panthers will also likely be a factor, but Penn State can sell catching passes from a 5-star quarterback on a team that will likely start 2023 ranked inside the top ten.
While the portal is now open, most players in the portal will not pick a new destination right away. They are allowed to take visits to schools and meet with coaches before making a decision.
Cephas is definitely a name to keep an eye on though as the process moves along.