This is the state of Penn State football – getting excited about a transfer from Akron:
The 5-foot-10, 182-pound wideout will not have a Penn State scholarship this season and will have to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer rules. Still, he has three years of eligibility remaining.
“He wanted to play for Penn State initially back with his high school and recruiting, but things didn’t seem like they were going that way for him,” his father, Philip, said. “And those sanctions opened up some opportunities.”
Jared Fagnano said the thought of transferring first crossed his mind in early August when he wasn’t invited to Akron’s preseason camp. He said he got lost in the shuffle after some shake-ups with the coaching staff.
Penn State, a school he grew up rooting for, was the natural choice.
“I wouldn’t say it was an easy decision because I liked Akron, I fit up there,” Jared said. “But it was an easy decision in the sense I could play at Penn State and play with my brother. That’s always kind of been a dream for me, just to be on Penn State. I was real excited when I found out I had that opportunity.”
A couple of thoughts:
1) You have to respect a guy like Jared Fagnano. It’s not exactly Rudy, but props for him for following his dream and going to Penn State.
2) Fagnano was a walk-on at Akron and he wasn’t invited to preseason camp. Things could pretty ugly for the Nittany Lions for, oh, maybe a decade.