1. The Transfer Portal
The most realistic and ideal way for Penn State Football to replace not only Washington, but Mitchell Tinsley as well, is to use the transfer portal.
The portal is currently stocked full of talented wide receivers, and the Nittany Lions are starting to identify targets and send out offers.
The big names to know are USF transfer Jimmy Horn Jr, Oregon transfer Dont’e Thornton, Kent State transfer Dante Cephas, Arizona transfer Dorian Singer and Miss. St. transfer Rara Thomas.
Ideally, Penn State would be able to land two of these options and solidify the wide receiver room with some experience and depth. Not only are these players experienced, but they are also all talented.
Horn is one of the fastest receivers in the country and would be a perfect replacement for Washington not only in the slot, but also at punt returner. Thornton has the size (6-foot-5) that Penn State’s wide receiver group currently lacks, but he also averaged over 21 yards per catch this season.
Cephas had over 1,200 receiving yards last season and posted 744 yards this year in limited action due to an injury. Singer and Thomas were both the leading receiver on their respective teams this season.
Landing at least two from this talented group would put Penn State’s receiver group in a great position in 2023.