Former Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Penn State wide receiver Irvin Charles has signed with the New York Jets as a priority free agent.
The 6-4, 225-pound Charles was a four-star recruit out of Paul VI high school in Haddonfield, NJ, who committed to Penn State back in 2014. He played for the Nittany Lions from 2015-17.
Charles played in 25 games with the Nittany Lions, with his best moment coming in a game against Minnesota in 2016, where he caught a pass and ran 80 yards for a touchdown for a critical score. Penn State went on to win nine straight games and win the Big Ten title that season.
However, before the 2018 Fiesta Bowl, Charles and Many Bowen were kicked off the program for violating unspecified team rules.
After taking the 2018 season off he enrolled at IUP in 2019, but he was ruled academically ineligible and sat out the season. IUP canceled the 2020 season due to COVID, so it would take three seasons for Charles to see the field for the Crimson Hawks.
In 2021, Charles caught 39 passes for 792 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Charles will be an older rookie at 24, so it will be an uphill climb for him, but with his size and sub 4.5 speed, he has a chance to stick to a roster that needs all the young talent they can get, especially on offense.