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PSU walk-on TE/WR Johnny Crise enters transfer portal — for football and basketball

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Penn State walk-on Johnny Crise, a tight end/wide receiver who played his high school ball at Highlands in Natrona Heights, Pa., announced today that he has entered the transfer portal — for both football and basketball. Crise came to PSU as a preferred walk-on as part of the 2020 recruiting class and did not play as a freshman last season.

Crise (6-foot-5, 201 pounds) had a number of scholarship offers from FCS programs coming out of high school, including Duquesne, Lehigh, Robert Morris and Alabany.

He also was a very good basketball player in high school and had some Division I offers, according to this story. The following details are from the story:

Crise averaged 14.7 points and had countless highlight-reel dunks in guiding Highlands to a 23-4 record. The 6-foot-7, high-flying forward had 23 points and 14 rebounds in the WPIAL Class 4A title game victory over Belle Vernon.

Though his basketball career came to an end with a loss to Grove City in the PIAA second round, his athletic pursuits will continue. Crise, who also had Division I offers to play basketball, will be a preferred walk-on this fall with the Penn State football team.

For his efforts, Crise has been selected the Valley News Dispatch Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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