Penn State's already lost eight players and two committed recruits to other schools due to the NCAA's heavy sanctions, and could lose another at some point this weekend. Top returning receiver Justin Brown met with PSU coach Bill O'Brien twice in the past two days while trying to decide whether to transfer to Oklahoma, and will have to make up his mind very soon as to whether he's staying or going:
Brown said he doesn't have a timetable for a decision, but in all likelihood, he'll make a decision sooner rather than later; Oklahoma begins fall practices Friday morning, and Penn State starts Monday. Current Penn State players were given the option to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision school without having to sit out the usual one year.
"I'm not close to a decision," Brown said in a brief telephone interview.
Earlier in the week, Brown described the OU contact as light, but obviously urgency is ramping up here.
Brown, a senior and former four-star recruit, stands 6'3 and 209 pounds, ranking second on PSU's receiving list last year with 35 catches for 517 yards. He would solve the experience problem for Oklahoma, whose receiving corps has been rocked by all manner of affliction, having played in 36 career games.
He's a player Penn State especially can't afford to lose, as its next best returning receiver is fullback Michael Zordich.
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