Penn State’s secondary has arguably been its biggest strength in 2021, but the outlook isn’t brilliant for 2022.
JaQuan Brisker, a first-team All-Big Ten selection at safety, will be gone, and it’s not yet clear whether senior safetys Ji’Ayir Brown and Jonathan Sutherland will utilize their extra year of eligibility. Starting cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields will be departed after 2021 as well.
Players who might have been thrust into an increased role– namely Enzo Jennings and Tyler Rudolph– have instead entered the transfer portal, so Penn State can use whatever help it can get in its defensive backfield.
Some help might be coming from a Big Ten rival.
Michigan State true freshman defensive back Michael Gravely entered the transfer portal Friday. Not long after word got out, Gravely tweeted that he had received an offer from Penn State.
Gravely, a three-star prospect out of Glenville High School in Ohio never played in a game for Michigan State, and Coach Mel Tucker said back in August that Gravely wasn’t involved in team activities.