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Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

Wide receiver is generally thought to be Penn State football’s biggest position of need for this transfer portal cycle, and the school has extended an offer to one.

Ja’Mori Maclin played at North Texas for two seasons and announced his entry into the transfer portal Tuesday.

Now, he has a Penn State offer.

Maclin played a decent amount in 2022, ending the season with 380 yards and two touchdowns on 16 catches.

But this past season went a lot better for Maclin. He ended the year with 1,004 yards and 11 touchdowns on 57 catches. For reference, Penn State’s No. 1 receiver this season, KeAndre Lambert-Smith, ended the year with 673 yards and four touchdowns on 53 receptions. It must be pointed out that Maclin didn’t have to play in the Big Ten the way Lambert-Smith did. Nonetheless, there’s a lot to like about Maclin.

For one, his older cousin, Jeremy, starred at Missouri in the late 2000s and went on to become a Pro Bowler in the NFL. The younger Maclin also has Power Five experience, spending two season’s at his cousin’s Alma Mater. He appeared in three games for Missouri in 2020, catching one pass for five yards, and then missed the 2021 season due to injury prior to transferring.

Before college, Maclin was a three-star prospect from St. Louis’s Kirkwood High School. Due to only playing in three games as a true freshman and getting injured the next season, Maclin would still have two years left of eligibility.

Penn State hasn’t had a 1,000+ yard receiver since Jahan Dotson in 2021. This past season, only Lambert-Smith went above 250 amongst the WRs.

Whether Penn State lands Maclin or not, its essential for the receivers room to improve in 2024.

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