Penn State football will have a key defenseman in 2023. Defensive end Addis Isaac will be back with the Lions next fall.
The veteran defensive end broke the news Sunday night.
“Over the past four years, it has truly been a pleasure to play football for Penn State University and learn from some of the most influential coaches and staff in the football industry, while gaining a fellowship that will forever be in my life,” Isaac wrote.
“I also had the greatest opportunity to work towards my university degree, which is very important for me and my family with whom I have been my strength and driving force since day one. I am truly grateful to all of my teammates and coaches who have supported and pushed me to be better, a better player on and off the pitch.Through all my trials and tribulations, the bonds I have forged with my brothers over the years have truly made my time here memorable and special! They created many memories that will last a lifetime. That being said, after careful time and reflection with my family, I will return to Penn State in 2023.”
Penn State returns both of its starting defensive ends in 2023. Besides Isaac, Chop Robinson will also return to anchor the Nittany Lions defensive line for position coach John Scott Jr.
Here’s a full rundown of Penn State’s exits and entries in the transfer portal so far:
Which Penn State players have potential decisions to make in the NFL?
Here is the list :
TO Olu Fashanu — Left tackle announced on November 28 that he would be back with the Lions in 2023.
“Over the past three years, I have been blessed to be surrounded by an extremely hardworking group of people,” Fashanu wrote on Twitter. “Everyone in this program has pushed me to be a better football player and more importantly a better man. Having the opportunity to play at Beaver Stadium in front of the best fans in the world this past year has been great and I will never forget the moments that have been created with this team this season.
“While playing in the NFL is one of my goals, there is still more I want to accomplish personally and collectively as a program. After several conversations with my parents and coaches, I will be returning to Penn State for the 2023 season. I want to thank my family, my teammates and my coaches who have helped me get to this point in my life. My job here is far from done and I can’t wait to get back to work with my brothers.
WR Parker-Washington – Washington declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 9. He did not play in the Rose Bowl.
“The memories I’ve made so far with this Penn State family have been and always will be unforgettable. The fans, the Penn State White Out, the roar of 107K loud… Incredible,” Washington said in a statement.
“Thank you to my family and my coaches for the discussions, for helping me weigh the pros and cons, for helping me choose the next path on my journey. That being said, I will declare for the draft of the NFL 2023.”
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KG Curtis Jacobs – No announcement as of January 8.
BC Joey Porter Jr. –Porter Jr., said Nov. 30 that he would forgo the bowling game and instead begin preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft. He is aiming to be Penn State’s first defensive back to enter the first round. A unanimous All-Big Ten pick, Porter Jr., was also on multiple All-American teams.
TO Caedan Wallace – Wallace told the BWI during the team’s media day in Pasadena, Calif., before the Rose Bowl that he would be back for the 2023 season.
AND Brenton Strange – Strange said for the NFL Draft on Dec. 27. He played in the Rose Bowl.
LO Scruggs Juice – Scruggs declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 23. He played in the Rose Bowl.
K Jake Pinegar – No announcement as of January 8.
OF Nick Tarburton – Tarburton declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 17. He played in the Rose Bowl.
Which Lions have entered the transfer portal?
–Former backup but current third-string quarterback Christian Veilleux was the first Lion to announce his intention to enter the portal. He did so on November 29, then officially entered it on December 5. He pledged to Pittsburgh December 18.
– Defensive end Rodney McGraw signaled its intention to do so on December 4 and entered it on December 5. He pledged to Louisville December 18.
-Corner Jeffrey Davis Jr.., did so on December 5. He chose Stony Brook on December 29.
– Defensive end Davon Townley Jr.entered on 7 December.
– Defensive tackle Fatorma Mulbah entered the portal as a graduate transfer on January 5.
Which players does Penn State offer on the portal and have they made a decision?
November 30 – Penn State sends first transfer offer to transfer Rhode Island graduates Ajani Cornelius. He started 11 games at right tackle and was an All-CAA First Team pick at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds. Cornelius picked Oregon on Dec. 21.
December 5 – The Lions offered the Kent State and Pennsylvania native wide receiver Dante Cephas the first day, as well as the corner of Alabama Kyree Jackson. Cephas had 48 catches for 744 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson, meanwhile, has 14 career saves over two seasons with the Crimson Tide. However, he chose Oregon December 18.
Penn State also offered the former Philadelphia defensive lineman Elie Jeudy, which is leaving Texas A&M. Jeudy played sparingly during his time at A&M, but now weighs over 290 pounds, making him an inside prospect. He took Nebraskahowever, on December 21.
It should be noted that the former Oregon WR Don’t Thornton also holds an offer from the Lions. Although he hasn’t publicly admitted that PSU or a school offered him, he is currently considered Penn State’s most prominent portal target.
December 6 – Penn State has extended an offer to the former Arizona wide receiver Dorian Singer. But he chose USC December 19.
December 7 – The first of two offers was sent that day to the former Iowa defensive back Terry Roberts. The native Pa. was high school teammates at Erie Cathedral Prep with the Lions Center Scruggs Juice. Injuries have hampered his time with the Hawkeyes, but he’s been productive both on defense and on special teams when healthy. He’s still not engaged. The second went to the former UTEP offensive lineman Jeremiah Byers. He took state of florida December 19.
December 8 – The Lions offered two more receivers on Thursday. Former Louisiana Tech wide receiver Tre Harris, who was a first-team All-Conference USA pick after throwing 65 receptions for 935 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2022, Penn State said. However, he chose Ole Miss December 23. Mississippi State Receiver Rara Thomas was also once a target. But he chose Georgia December 22.
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December 9 – Penn State offered another receiver on Friday when it entered the mix for the Kent State wide receiver Devon Walker. He has since chosen North Carolina.
December 9-11 – The Lions welcomed the receiver from Kent State Dante Cephas for an official visit. However, he left campus without making a decision. None have been made as of January 4.
December 12 – Penn State is expanding its portal supply chart, this time on defense. The Lions have joined the mix for former Wake Forest corner Gavin Holmes. He took Texashowever, on December 21.
December 15 — Penn State offered NC status junior red shirt Devin Carter. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver had 25 receptions for 406 yards and two touchdowns in 2022 while dealing with an injury. He picked Penn State on Jan. 2.
December 22 — The Lions have gone old Troy recipient Keyonteze Johnson. He is the adoptive brother of Bo Nixthe flow Oregon quarterback who played Auburn. In three seasons with the Trojans, Johnson has 141 receptions for 1,809 yards and eight touchdowns. He took Oregon December 29.
December 27 — Penn State was busy in the portal in terms of deals that day. The Lions have joined the race for the Eastern Washington gap Freddie Roberson and former Texas State defensive tackle DAvon Sears. Both claim offers from many Power Five programs.
January 1st – Sears announces that Penn State, Tennesseeand Oklahoma are in his top three. However, no decision has yet been made. And, there is no public timeline for one yet.
January 4 — After possible target Kaden Pratherwho played West Virginiachosen long-time favorite Marylandthe Lions moved on former Bowling Green catcher Tyrone Broden. One of the tallest receivers in the nation at 6-foot-5, Broden had 1,199 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Falcons.
January 5 – Lions switch to receiver from Georgia Southern Djamar Thrash. He committed to Louisville on Sunday.
Who landed the Lions in the portal?
December 8 — Penn State lands walk-on from former Columbia kicker Alex Felkins. He is a three-time All-IVY League selection.
December 17 – Penn State made its first scholarship commitment through the transfer portal in the former FAU bettor Riley Thompson. He averaged 45.4 yards per kick and was named a freshman All-American by The Athletic and a third-team All-American by Pro Football Focus.
December 26 — Penn State took over North Carolina corner storm duck. The second-team All-ACC corner adds a major new play to the Lions secondary ahead of the 2023 season.
January 2 — Former North Carolina State catcher Devin Carter picked Penn State shortly after the Rose Bowl ended. He had 116 catches for 1,906 yards and 10 touchdowns in five seasons with the Wolfpack. He has one season left of eligibility.