Nick Tarburton has been with Penn State since joining the Nittany Lions in the 2018 recruiting class. With that in mind, it is not surprising to see that Tarburton will pass on any additional eligibility and test the NFL waters following the 2022 season.

However, in Tarburton’s Saturday night announcement, he wanted to solidify his plans for the Rose Bowl. Tarburton made it clear he will compete in the Rose Bowl before beginning the next leg of his journey.


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“My time here at Penn State has been nothing short of special,” wrote Tarburton. “Although it has never been easy, Penn State shaped me into the man I am today. There will always be a special place in my heart for Happy Valley and all that it has to offer…

“I can’t wait to go to battle one last time with you all in the Rose Bowl. With that being said, I am going to take that next step in my journey and chase my dreams in the NFL.”

Tarburton appeared in all 12 games this season, finishing with 18 tackles, 5.5 TFL and 2 sacks. Over the past two seasons, Tarburton has amassed 47 tackles, 10 TFL and 3 sacks.