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Penn State football transfer addition ranked in top 10 ahead of 2023 season

A new Penn State football transfer addition was recently ranked among the top 10 returning players at his position.



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January 2, 2017; Pasadena, CA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) celebrates after he runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Southern California Trojans during the second half of the 2017 Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

James Franklin and his Nittany Lions are preparing for what is expected to be a tremendous season this fall. The team boasts one of the most complete rosters in college football, but they have still utilized the transfer portal to address a few areas of need. Among the new Penn State football transfer additions is wide receiver Dante Cephas, who has already been recognized as one of the top 10 returners for his position.

Cephas has had a successful college football career thus far, playing for Kent State in the MAC from 2019 to 2022. He will now be joining Penn State, where he could quickly become one of quarterback Drew Allar’s favorite targets among the team’s revamped receiving corps.

Penn State football transfer addition ranked among the top 10 returning wide receivers in college football

Dante Cephas, who was one of the top players on the market when Penn State landed him from the transfer portal earlier this year, is expected to be a significant addition to the Nittany Lions throughout the 2023 season. While Penn State undoubtedly has talent across the board, the team’s lack of experience is a potential weakness. However, the Lions will have the opportunity to gain valuable reps early in the season as they kick off against a Power 5 opponent and face two of the nation’s top-ranked defenses within the first few weeks.

Having an experienced wide receiver like Cephas for Drew Allar to throw to and learn from will be crucial. According to Pro Football Focus, Cephas is ranked No. 8 (82.1 overall grade) among the top 10 returning wide receivers in college football this year.

Dante Cephas background

Dante Cephas was rated as a three-star composite recruit and ranked among the top 50 recruits in the state of Pennsylvania as a high school recruit in the class of 2019. Despite receiving interest from larger programs like the Wisconsin Badgers, Cephas chose to enroll at Kent State, where he spent the next four years.

Now in his fifth year of college football, Cephas joins Penn State as a transfer addition and is expected to have a significant early role with his home state team this fall. During his time in the Mid-American Conference, Cephas played in 30 games, making 145 catches for 2,139 yards and 12 touchdowns. Most of these statistics were amassed during his final two seasons with the Golden Flashes in 2021-2022.

This fall, the new Penn State football transfer addition will be looking for one final draft stock boost, as well as a Big Ten title ring and more, during his one and only season with Drew Allar and the Penn State offense.

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