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Where Does Penn State Football Stand with Transfer Portal Targets?

Penn State Football has put out plenty of offers to transfer targets this cycle.

Based on the offers and due to the roster construction, the Nittany Lions are looking to add at least a few wide receivers, a few defensive linemen, and potentially an offensive tackle through the portal, in addition to Storm Duck, a cornerback from North Carolina, and Devin Carter, a wide receiver from NC State.

Here is a quick breakdown of where Penn State stands on a few transfer portal  wide receiver targets.

Dante Cephas – WR, Kent State

Dante Cephas, a 6-foot 1 wide receiver at Kent State, quickly got Penn State Football’s attention when he entered the transfer portal on December 5th.

Cephas, a redshirt junior, had 48 catches for 744 yards and three touchdowns this season and 82 catches for 1240 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021.

The Kent State product has become one of the hottest wide receivers in the portal, getting offers from Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Pittsburgh.

Penn State Football had early momentum in Cephas’ recruitment, however, in the past few weeks, talk has died down a bit in terms of him committing to Penn State for the spring semester.

Tyler Calvaruso of 247 sports recently stated on the Lions247 podcast that non-football related issues may prevent Cephas from committing to Penn State for the spring semester and Cephas could return to Kent State to finish his degree in the spring before transferring, which may be the only option to play at Penn State next fall. ESPN’s Pete Thamel, however, expects Cephas to transfer to Pitt in January instead of removing his name from the portal and returning to Kent State.

Penn State Football could use Cephas, but unless Cephas removes his name from the portal and enters again after the spring semester, things do not look good for a transfer to Penn State.

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Tyrone Broden Jr. – WR, Bowling Green

Tyrone Broden Jr., a 6-foot 7 junior at Bowling Green, visited Penn State this past weekend after visiting Oklahoma late last week.

The tallest wide receiver in the transfer portal caught 32 passes for 506 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Bowling Green before entering the portal at the end of the season.

Broden Jr.’s height makes him an intriguing addition for Penn State, as Penn State only has one wide receiver taller than 6-foot 2 on the roster Malick Meiga, who only caught 3 passes for 19 yards this season. Based on social media posts, it seems as though Oklahoma has an early lead in this recruitment, but the recent visit could allow Penn State to gain some ground with Broden Jr.

Andrel Anthony Jr. – WR, Michigan

Andrel Anthony Jr., a sophomore wide receiver at Michigan, entered the transfer portal on January 4th and was offered by most of the major programs in the country, including Penn State, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, and Auburn.

As a sophomore, Anthony Jr. caught 7 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown in 14 games. Anthony Jr. popped up yesterday on a visit to Oklahoma, his first visit since he entered the portal. It is still very early in Anthony Jr.’s transfer timeline and hopefully Penn State Football can get him to visit soon.

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Robert Casturo

Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.