With Penn State Football defensive tackle PJ Mustipher heading off to the NFL Draft the one potential weakness in the Nittany Lions‘ defense this coming year is a run stuffing interior defensive lineman to pair with their surplus of edge rushers.
Now, former Minnesota Gopher defensive tackle De’Angelo “Trill” Carter has announced he will enter the transfer portal once the April transfer window opens on April 15th.
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Trill Carter has been a Stallworth along Minnesota’s defensive front the past two seasons.
What Trill Carter Would Bring Penn State Football
Listed at six-foot-one and 300 pounds, he led all Gopher defensive linemen last year with 545 snaps. Thrill tallied 19 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. For his career, Carter has amassed 55 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He will maintain two years of eligibility with his next school.
The Georgia native was a three-star recruit coming out of Lee’s County and did not have a Penn State offer but this is a player that head coach James Franklin and Manny Diaz should get to know quickly. Carter’s twitter page shows a lot of likes and retweets regarding NIL corporations and foundations so potentially Carter is looking for the highest bidder.
Regardless of what he is looking for in his next stop, Thrill fits the bill for what Diaz needs to assemble a complete and elite defense in 2023.
The Michigan game from last season comes to mind when you think about how Carter could potentially impact this Penn State defense.
As of now it doesn’t seem any one team or school has the early lead on Carter but this will be one to watch as April unfolds.