In a reverse of the norm, the Penn St. Nittany Lions recently accepted a transfer student athlete in wide receiver Jared Fagnano. The news, reported by ESPN's NittanyNation reporter Josh Moyer, who Friday wrote the 5-foot-10, 182-pound wide out decided to forgo his preferred walk-on status with the Akron Zips to have a chance to play for the Nittany Lions.
"With all those guys leaving, it opened up spots and gave me an opportunity," said Jared Fagnano, who lives in Williamsport, Pa. "And I've just always wanted to play football there."
So far, nine players have decided to transfer from the Penn State football program, which in July was sanctioned by the NCAA with a four-year postseason ban and reduced scholarships.
According to Moyer, Fagnano was asked to be released from Akron after he was not invited to preseason camp and had a lengthy discussion with his family, including his brother Jake Fagnano, a Penn State safety.
"He wanted to play for Penn State initially back with his high school and recruiting, but things didn't seem like they were going that way for him," his father, Philip, said. "And those sanctions opened up some opportunities."