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Penn State Football All 105

Penn State All 105: Dante Cephas Back in the State and Back in the Saddle

Photo courtesy of Dante Cephas' Twitter account.

All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. This edition will look at fifth-year WR and Kent State transfer Dante Cephas.

Height: 6-feet

Weight: 187 pounds

Hometown: Pittsburgh 

Before Penn State: Cephas comes to Penn State after four seasons at Kent State. Cephas 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.

Another thing 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.

He announced his commitment to Penn State in January and official enrolled on campos in the summer.

Where he stands: Cephas has a chance to be Penn State’s No. 1 WR. With the team’s two leading receivers from last season in Parker Washington (46 catches, 611 yards, two TD in 2022) and Mitchell Tinsley (51 catches, 577 yards, five TD) gone, its likely that either Cephas or KeAndre Lambert-Smith (24 catches, 389 yards, four scores) will be Penn State’s No. 1 guy. With his experience at the DI level, it shouldn’t surprise people if Cephas becomes first-year starting QB Drew Allar’s go-to guy. If Allar, a former five-star recruit from Ohio’s Medina High School, is close to what people think he can be, that will immensely help Cephas and Penn State’s receivers as well.

A quote by Cephas: “The process (of being in the transfer portal) was crazy. That was a big process for me. I picked Penn State because it felt like home.” — Cephas to reporters at Penn State’s 2023 Media Day earlier this month.

A quote about Cephas: “I’m really excited that he’s a part of our group now,” he said. “Signed, sealed, and delivered.” — Marques Hagans this past June at Penn State’s coaches availability

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