Update: Brown has confirmed he will transfer at the end of the spring semester.
Penn State junior cornerback D.J. Brown has entered the transfer portal. Audrey Snyder of The Athletic was the first to report the news.
Penn State reserve CB DJ Brown entered the transfer portal this afternoon. He's seeking a graduate transfer.— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) February 3, 2020
Very deep position group for PSU (8 scholarship CBs) as outlined in my depth chart projection a couple wks ago: https://t.co/Z9fqJwRbuO
Brown first committed to Penn State in April 2016, as part of the 2017 recruiting class. The Fairburn, GA native was a three-star recruit, per the 247Sports Composite ranking. He would have been a redshirt junior in 2020. He will have two years of eligibility remaining, and will be able to play immediately at his new school.
He did not see game action during his first two seasons with the Nittany Lions. In 2019, Brown participated in seven games, mostly on special teams. He appeared at cornerback towards the end of a few games, but was buried on the depth chart, including sitting behind a number of freshmen. He finished the 2019 season with five tackles and one forced fumble.
The 2020 Nittany Lions will be led at cornerback by returning senior Tariq Castro-Fields. The starting position opposite him will likely see a training camp battle consisting of redshirt junior Donovan Johnson, redshirt sophomore Trent Gordon, and true sophomores Marquis Wilson and Keaton Ellis. The depth at that position is likely the main reason that Brown is looking elsewhere.