Penn State S throws name into NCAA transfer portal
Since its 2020 season ended, the Penn State football team program has been out nabbing transfers left and right via the portal.
But on Tuesday, the Nittany Lions found out they’d be losing a player via the transfer portal. That would be walk-on safety and special teams fixture Drew Harlaub. News emerged of his decision to leave Happy Valley thanks to 247Sports.
— Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247) January 12, 2021
As mentioned in the tweet and our story, Hartlaub emerged with the Nittany Lions as a walk on. The Hanover, Pennsylvania, native did not have much for offers and visited other programs such as Army.
After joining James Franklin’s program, he took a redshirt season in 2017 to start his college football career. The next year, he got his first taste of college football action as he appeared in 10 games and was named the team’s Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year.
Hartlaub continued his role as a special teams regular into 2019 and earned his first career fumble recovery. In 2020, he again took on the role of special teamer and again recovered a fumble in his punt coverage work.
Though Hartlaub never earned a scholarship or played much on offense or defense, his work on special teams certainly seemed to be recognized by the Penn State coaching staff.