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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. grades Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye as the top cornerback at the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Oruwariye and Temple's Rock Ya-Sin are often listed as the top corners in Mobile, but Kiper goes with Oruwariye, for now, anyway. Over the last two years, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound corner has seven interceptions with 20 pass breakups over the last two years. Kiper does have some questions, however. "Does he have elite speed? I'm not sure, and that's what's holding him back from being a Day 2 lock," he writes. Because of his size, he has a chance to move into that discussion, especially if he performs well at the event.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 2:44 PM

Penn State signed four-star 2019 DT D'Von Ellies.

Ellies actually signed on in December, but wanted to announce his commitment at the Polynesian Bowl, and announce he did. He was considered a lean for the Nittany Lions for quite some time, but he also was considering Ohio State and USC; among other high-profile schools. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle ranks 10th in 247 Sports list at the position, and while he'll need to add strength, he could be a potential rotation player immediately for Penn State.
Jan 21 - 1:27 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DE Smith Vilbert.

Vilbert (6'7/250) was down to Florida and Penn State. He very nearly signed with the Nittany Lions back in December, but delayed that in order to visit the Gators. Oregon and to a lesser degree Syracuse were both in play as well. On the 247Sports composite board, Vilbert ranks as the No. 15 prospect in the state of New Jersey for the 2019 cycle. He hails from Montvale, New Jersey.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 19 - 1:26 PM

Penn State redshirt senior WR Brandon Polk confirmed that he will transfer as a graduate.

Polk (5'9/179) entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month, but as you're no doubt aware by this juncture, entrance into the portal does not in-and-of itself mean that a transfer is automatically going to happen. Polk cut through any potential uncertainty by issuing an announcement of his plans on Thursday morning. Over the course of his career in Happy Valley, he hauled in 27 passes for 367 yards and a quartet of touchdowns. We'll check back in with Polk once he has decided on a new program.
Jan 17 - 12:53 PM

Penn State redshirt junior T Alex Gellerstedt entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Gellerstedt (6'6/311) signed with the Nittany Lions as a three-star recruit in the 2016 cycle and took a redshirt his first year in Happy Valley. He managed to appear in seven games during the 2017 campaign, but saw the field just once in 2018. Should his transfer portal entrance eventually translate to an actual move, Gellerstedt will be required to sit out the 2019 season barring a downshift out of the FBS.
Jan 15 - 6:54 PM

Penn State redshirt senior S Ayron Monroe will transfer as a graduate.

Monroe (5'11/206) signed with the Nittany Lions as a three-star recruit in the 2015 cycle and took a redshirt his first year on campus. He has worked mostly in a special teams/reserve role since then, with his most robust statistical showing coming in 2017, when he logged 18 tackles. For the most recent campaign, Monroe registered an even 10 stops. As a graduate, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2019 once he settles on a transfer destination. Count this as a depth loss for the Nittany Lions.
Jan 15 - 5:07 PM

Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian reports that Penn State redshirt senior WR Juwan Johnson is visiting Oregon.

Oh now this is interesting. Justin Herbert is back for the Ducks, but he's losing his top target in Dillon Mitchell, who declared for the draft after the season. Johnson caught just 25 passes for 352 yards with one score, but he was 54-701-1 as a redshirt sophomore, and at 6-foot-4, 231-pounds, he gives Herbert a big target and potentially a red-zone threat. This fit makes an awful lot of sense on paper.
Jan 14 - 5:36 PM

Penn State sophomore S Lamont Wade entered the transfer portal.

Wade (5'9/192) transitioned from corner to safety over the spring, and it appears that Wade is looking to transition to a new program. Appearing in nine games in 2018, Wade made 12 solo tackles. The former five-star should have plenty of suitors if he does transfer, and he may end switching back to corner depending on the landing spot.
Jan 13 - 3:12 PM

Penn State redshirt sophomore CB Zechariah McPhearson entered the transfer portal.

McPhearson (6'0/180) is a former four-star corner and top-300 ESPN recruit, but he hasn't been playing for the Nittany Lions. As a redshirt sophomore, McPhearson only had 8 total tackles. Teammates Brandon Polk and Lamont Wade are also in the transfer portal.
Jan 13 - 3:08 PM

Penn State redshirt junior Brandon Polk entered the transfer portal.

Polk (5'9/179) will be eligible to play in 2019 since he's going out as a grad transfer. Across 3.5 seasons, Polk has caught 27 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns. The speedy receiver may find a school that can offer him more on-field opportunities.
Jan 13 - 3:04 PM

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports that Penn State redshirt junior WR Juwan Johnson has entered the transfer portal.

Johnson (6'4/231) will be able to leave as a graduate -- assuming he is, in fact, leaving -- and that means he'll be eligible to play immediately. He caught 25 passes for 352 yards with a score last year, but was much more effective in his sophomore campaign (54-701-1). Because of his size and production, there should be lots of interest in Johnson's services.
Jan 11 - 3:27 PM

Penn State hired Duke WR coach Gerad Parker to serve in the same capacity.

Parker will be replacing David Corley, who was shown the door at the beginning of January. He has served on staff at Duke for the past two years, first as an offensive analyst in 2017 and then, following a promotion, as wide receivers coach in 2018. You may remember Parker best from his stint as interim head coach at Purdue after the Boilermakers parted ways with Darrell Hazell midway through the 2016 season.
Jan 10 - 3:16 PM

Penn State junior RB Miles Sanders declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Sanders (5'11/215) is the fifth Nittany Lion to declare for the draft in the last two days. The junior had the unenviable task of replacing Saquon Barkley for the 2018 campaign and did a respectable job with his starting opportunity, finishing the season with 1,274 rushing yards (5.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns while adding 24 catches for 139 yards across 13 games played. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Sanders as the No. 9 draft-eligible running back for the spring. He is a graceful athlete possessing of smooth moves, but we'll be watching to see how he runs at the combine next month.
Jan 3 - 11:23 AM

Penn State redshirt junior DT Kevin Givens declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Givens is the fourth Penn State player to declare for the draft on Wednesday, joining offensive lineman Connor McGovern and Ryan Bates and fellow defensive lineman Shareef Miller. The 6-foot-1, 283-pound defensive tackle picked up five sacks in 2018, and 10.5 tackles for loss. Because of his ability to rush the passer he has a great chance to be drafted, but he may not hear his name picked until Day 3 unless he really improves his stock with testing.
Jan 2 - 7:14 PM

Penn State redshirt junior DE Shareef Miller declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Miller (6'5/257) earned All-Big Ten third-team honors for his work during the 2018 campaign, when he logged 41 tackles (16.0 for loss) and eight sacks. Both the TFL and sack marks were the best of his career. While the Penn State product does have some athletic upside when it comes to his speed and lateral movement, The Draft Network's Kyle Crabbs cautions that Miller is something of a "one-dimensional player," one who can too often be taken out of plays and does not possess a wide range of moves off the snap.
Jan 2 - 5:13 PM

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