Penn State’s receiving corps got stronger Sunday when former Kent State WR Dante Cephas came over from the transfer portal.
BE HERE NOW🌎 pic.twitter.com/bk2wObLzBl
— Dante Cephas (@FouLceph) January 16, 2023
Cephas (6-foot-1, 186 pounds) had his best year in 2021 when he caught 82 passes for 1,240 yards and nine touchdowns. This past season he caught 48 catches for 744 yards for the Golden Flashes.
Cephas will bring a veteran presence to a group that returns KeAndre Lambert-Smith, Trey Wallace, Liam Clifford and incoming freshman Carmelo Taylor. Penn State was looking for a receiver that is a proven commotiy that can help with the transition from Sean Clifford to Drew Allar, and the flip of Devin Carter from Penn State to West Virginia amplified the need.
Another thing Dante Cephas brings to the table is that he’s an in-state product. He went to Penn High School, was in the same recruiting class Daequan Hardy went to school with current Penn State running back Tank Smith.
Penn State has its third player from the transfer portal with Riley Thomson, a punter from Florida International, and Storm Duck, a cornerback from Nort0h Carolina.
The news of Cephas committing came about a half hour after news got out of Taylor Stubblefield being fired as Penn State’s receivers coach. Stubblefield had been in the role for three seasons.
In his statement, Stubblefield wrote that it had been a “privilege to work alongside some of the great minds in all of college football.”
”Lastly, to the community who supported who has supported my wife and son through her father’s recent illness and passing on Friday, there is no way we can adequately thank you,” he wrote. “This community has exceeded every expectation.”