On Sunday afternoon, it was reported that three Penn State football players had entered their names in the NCAA transfer database, one of whom was defensive back Zech McPhearson.

Later in the day, McPhearson made it official, announcing via Twitter that he planned to transfer. The other two players listed in the previous report were defensive back Lamont Wade and wide receiver Brandon Polk.

Players who enter the transfer portal are allowed to explore other options but aren’t forced to leave their program. But McPhearson made it clear that he has no intention of returning to Happy Valley.

“After long thought and talks with my family, I have decided to transfer following graduation this spring,” McPhearson said. “I will forever be grateful for all of the experiences along the way.”

McPhearson appeared in all 13 games for the Nittany Lions in 2018, rotating in at defensive back and playing on special teams. He registered eight tackles on the year.

In two seasons with Penn State, McPhearson has recorded 16 tackles and three pass break-ups.

McPhearson did not mention any potential landing spots.