A 4-star member of Penn State’s 2019 recruiting class is looking at other options.

On Thursday afternoon, 247Sports reported that Penn State linebacker and former 4-star prospect Lance Dixon has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. He spent two seasons with the Nittany Lions.

Dixon saw an increase in playing time at Penn State during the 2020 season. He appeared in all 9 contests and made his first career start at the college level. He totaled 10 tackles, 2.5 for loss and forced a fumble.

As a true freshman in 2019, he played in 3 games and assisted on 2 tackles.

Dixon had the potential to take on a bigger role in Penn State’s defense during the 2021 season, especially after seeing more playing time as a redshirt freshman last fall. Instead, he’ll be exploring opportunities outside of State College to continue his career.

Because of the NCAA’s blanket waiver, Dixon will maintain his status as a redshirt freshman and will still have four years of eligibility remaining at his next destination.

Dixon is a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan native and was ranked as the No. 9 outside linebacker in the 2019 class, per 247Sports. He was also listed as the No. 179 overall prospect, regardless of position.

In high school, Dixon played for head coach Ron Bellamy at West Bloomfield. Interestingly enough, Bellamy was recently hired to be the wide receivers coach on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan. Does that increase Dixon’s interest in a return to his home state?

That will certainly be something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.