Three more Nittany Lions enter NCAA transfer portal
A relatively unpleasant offseason in Happy Valley continues to see players headed toward the exits.
On Tuesday, 247Sports reported that three more Penn State players have entered the transfer database, bringing the total to six. Safety Ayron Monroe announced that he will be leaving the program prior to the 2019 season.
Two other players were also found in the transfer portal. Tight end Danny Dalton and offensive lineman Alex Gellerstedt were also in the database.
Those three Penn State players join wide receiver Brandon Polk, cornerback Zech McPhearson and safety Lamont Wade all entered their names recently, as well. Star receiver Juwan Johnson also announced that he was leaving the program.
Penn State already saw a significant number of underclassmen declare for the NFL Draft once the 2018 season came to an end. Five players — Shareef Miller, Miles Sanders, Connor McGovern, Ryan Bates and Kevin Givens — are all exiting Happy Valley and pursuing the next level.
Even without all of the departures, Penn State was expected to go through a bit of a transformation phase. With so many key contributors leaving, the Nittany Lions seem to be entering a major rebuilding year in 2019.
Players entering their name into the transfer database doesn’t necessarily mean they’re leaving a program, but it allows them the opportunity to explore other options. Those players can return to their home institution if they so choose.