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Former Penn State CB Marquis Wilson Joining Purdue

Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Marquis Wilson (8) November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

Defensive back Marquis Wilson, who played at Penn State for four seasons, is staying in the Big Ten and joining Purdue.

Supreme Athlete Mentoring Program, which mentored Wilson in Hartford, Connecticut, less than 15 minutes away from Wilson’s hometown or Windsor, tweeted the news Tuesday morning.


Wilson received limited playing time throughout his career at Penn State and couldn’t make a big impact in coordinator Manny Diaz’s first defense last season. He entered the transfer portal two weeks after Penn State’s Rose Bowl win over Utah.

Wilson’s last game as part of the Penn State program was a New Year’s Six bowl win, and his biggest play at Penn State was also during a New Year’s Six bowl win. In December 2019, Wilson, then a freshman, burned his redshirt to help Penn State beat Memphis in the Cotton Bowl. He intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter to help seal a 53-39 win.

Unfortunately for Wilson, that was about as good as it got for him at Penn State. In an abbreviated COVID-19 themed campaign, Wilson appeared in all nine of Penn State’s games and started two of them, his first college start coming in a win at Michigan Nov. 28. He ended the year with 13 tackles (eight solo) and broke up two passes.

In 2021, Wilson played at both receiver and defensive back, ending the season with three catches for 29 yards and six tackles (three solo), one of which being a tackle for loss. Wilson also broke up a pass on defense.

With talented corners such as Joey Porter Jr., Kalen King and Johnny Dixon in the fold, it was hard for Wilson to get many opportunities on the field in 2022. That’s likely a big reason he entered the portal this winter with one final year of eligibility remaining.

Wilson isn’t the first Penn State player to transfer to Purdue in the last year. DT Cole Brevard, a 2020 signee, transferred there last May.

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