Former Penn State receiver Irvin Charles, who transferred to Indiana University of Pennsylvania after the 2017 season, announced via Twitter that he will be declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft.
In so, Charles will be ending a long college football career.
He was part of Penn State’s 2015 recruiting class— the same class as current New York Giant Saquon Barkley— and came to Happy Valley as a four-star recruit from Haddonfield, New Jersey. He committed in July of 2014, before James Franklin had ever coached a game at Penn State.
After redshirting his freshman season, Charles got his first game action on 2016, and the first catch of his college career was an 80-yard touchdown against Minnesota. That would be as good as it got for Charles in State College.
He only caught two more balls for the rest of his Penn State career. After being relegated primarily to special teams duty in 2016, Charles was dismissed from the team prior to its Fiesta Bowl appearances against Washington for an undisclosed team rule violation.
Charles sat out the 2018 season, and in August of 2019, transferred to IUP. He was academically ineligible for the 2019 season, and the school’s 2020 year was cancelled due to COVID-19
In 2021, Charles’s only season at IUP, he caught 39 balls for 792 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In a written statement, Charles thanked Franklin and former Penn State assistant/current Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, as well the Penn State community and IUP. He wrote that he would “always be a Nittany Lion.”
— Irvin Charles (@SwirvingtonTon) January 2, 2022