The Penn State football team is aiming for even greater success in 2023 after finishing 11-2 and winning the Rose Bowl last season. This fall, the Nittany Lions appear to have a complete team overall, but they still require a few more key players on the roster before summer camp. The Lions hope to secure additional defensive linemen and wide receiver talent. Today, it was confirmed that Penn State football is pursuing one of the top SEC defenders in the transfer portal: Tywone Malone of Ole Miss.
Malone is a towering defensive lineman who Penn State initially recruited in the class of 2021. He was a highly sought-after regional prospect, ranked as the No. 1 recruit in New Jersey. Upon entering the transfer portal, he quickly became a top target for Penn State football. Penn State has a significant need for defensive linemen, making Malone’s addition a crucial piece of the puzzle for James Franklin’s team this fall.
Former Ole Miss DL Tywone Malone tells me he has heard from these schools since entering the Transfer Portal?
The 6’4 300 DL was ranked as a Top 90 Player in the ‘21 Class.
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) May 4, 2023
Penn State football looking to address defensive line issues with Tywone Malone from the transfer portal
Penn State football has another shot at former top recruit Tywone Malone, who was a target during the 2021 recruiting cycle but ultimately committed to Ole Miss. Malone has recently entered the transfer portal, re-opening his recruitment and putting Penn State back in the running for his services.
The Nittany Lions are in need of help at defensive tackle, particularly after the departure of PJ Mustipher. While younger players like Zane Durant have been stepping up during spring ball, James Franklin has stated that Penn State still requires additional talent at the DT position. In fact, following the Blue/White game last month, Franklin specifically mentioned that the transfer portal would be an area of focus for Penn State in their search for a DT.
Malone, a former four-star defensive tackle recruit for Penn State, could be the solution. He was ranked as the No. 63 recruit nationally, the No. 11 defensive tackle, and the No. 1 recruit in New Jersey in the 2021 recruiting class. Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 305 pounds, Malone possesses the size and skillset that James Franklin is looking for to bolster Penn State’s Big Ten defensive line. In a conference with strong rushing teams like the Michigan Wolverines, landing top-rated defensive linemen like Malone could be the key to securing victories for Penn State.
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