The Penn State wide receivers room may look quite a bit different next season.
Penn State is already in the running for USF transfer Jimmy Horn Jr., and a source told Nittany Sports Now that Kent State transfer Dante Cephas will be taking an official visit to Penn State over the weekend.
Cephas, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound wideout originally from Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh, was a modestly recruited prospect out of high school, but he’s seen his stock skyrocket after four seasons at Kent State.
Cephas broke out with a 1,240-yard, nine-touchdown performance campaign in 2021, and he followed it up with 48 receptions for 744 yards and three touchdowns this season — in just nine games.
With 130 receptions for 1,984 yards (15.3 yards per reception) and 12 touchdowns over the last two seasons, Cephas has earned back-to-back All-MAC first-team honors at wide receiver.
It’s been a long road for a recruit who originally only received offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Howard, Kent State and Toledo, but he will have two seasons of eligibility at his next location.
Cephas has received offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami, Pitt, Oklahoma, Kansas, Notre Dame and West Virginia since entering the transfer portal yesterday, and it’s expected that his recruitment will be heavy. If fact, late Tuesday afternoon, Cephas received an offer from Georgia.
Penn State is losing Mitchell Tinsley after the season, and Parker Washington hasn’t announced his decision when it comes to returning next season or leaving for the NFL.
KeAndre Lambert-Smith and Harrison Wallace III will return next season, and there are a number of young wide receivers who will ease into increased playing time, but it’s clear PSU is searching for proven, veteran options to bolster the room.