3 biggest gets for Penn State football in the transfer portal

Penn State made six additions to the roster through the transfer portal, but not all additions are created equal. These three will be the most important for James Franklin's Nittany Lions in 2024.

Florida Gators cornerback Jalen Kimber (8)
Florida Gators cornerback Jalen Kimber (8) / Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun / USA TODAY
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. . Jalen Kimber. 526. Redshirt Senior. Eligibility: 1 year. Jalen Kimber. CB. player. Jalen Kimber

As a redshirt senior with one year of eligibility left, Kimber is in his third stop of his collegiate career. First, Kimber spent two years at Georgia, then two at Florida before finding his way to Happy Valley where, barring an unforeseen injury or unfortunate circumstance, he’ll finish his collegiate career. 

Kimber doesn’t have the ceiling of the much younger Harris, but he’ll provide much-needed experience to the Penn State secondary. Under Manny Diaz, Penn State was one of the most blitz-happy teams in the country, which naturally leaves cornerbacks in one-on-one situations. Kimber can be trusted to survive in those circumstances after a season in which he played the fifth most snaps on the Florida defense and finished with a team-high five pass breakups. That is if Tom Allen decides to play that way.

The Big Ten just welcomed a whole lot of offense to the conference with the additions of Oregon, Washington, UCLA, and USC. The Nittany Lions have three of those teams in their schedule along with Ohio State in 2024, so pass defense will be key, and Kimber is the one cornerback with a long enough track record of success to trust.

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