UPDATE: It's official: Juwan Johnson's time at Penn State has come to an end. Johnson announced his decision to transfer on his Instagram account, confirming that he will not return to Happy Valley for the 2019 football season.
EARLIER: Juwan Johnson's future with the Penn State football program is now in doubt, as the veteran wide receiver has entered the NCAA's transfer portal. The report of Johnson looking into a transfer comes via Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.
#PennState WR Juwan Johnson has just entered the transfer portal, per source. He's a 6-4, 225-pounder with good speed who has 81 catches for over 1000 yards in his career.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 11, 2019
According to Ryan Snyder of Rivals, Johnson entering the transfer portal has been rumored for a while before it came to fruition earlier in the day.
Theres been rumors about this for a few weeks now https://t.co/WiiBmGX1KP
— Ryan Snyder (@RivalsSnyder) January 11, 2019
As we have learned with other high-profile transfer portal entrants this year, entering the portal does not necessarily mean that a player is going to leave the program. However, it just frees them up to look into a potential transfer, as Tristan Jung of Sports Illustrated explained earlier on Friday.
Entering the NCAA transfer portal is a necessary first step for any athlete who wishes to transfer to another institution. Once an athlete decides to transfer and is added to the database, any coach can contact the athlete. The process is now in the hands of athletes–past situations where universities blocked talented players from leaving are no longer permissible. However, schools are now allowed to cancel the scholarships of players at the end of the semester in which they expressed their intent to transfer.
Johnson is now free to look into options outside of Happy Valley at his leisure, although he could still return to Penn State if he decides it is the best option for him. A former four-star recruit in the class of 2014, the New Jersey native has been a fixture in the Nittany Lion receiving corps over the last two years. Johnson has recorded 81 receptions for 1,123 yards and a pair of touchdowns during his collegiate career.