Ayron Monroe, Danny Dalton, Alex Gellerstedt Enter Transfer Portal

By Nick Polak on January 15, 2019 at 6:48 pm
Nov 11, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions safety Ayron Monroe (23) during the fourth quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Rutgers 35-6. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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The transfer market is looking more and more flush with Nittany Lions by the day. Defensive back Ayron Monroe, tight end Danny Dalton, and offensive tackle Alex Gellerstedt have all entered their names into the transfer portal, according to Lions247.

This new trio joins wide receiver Juwan Johnson, as well as Lamont Wade, Zech McPhearson, and Brandon Polk in the portal. As with most of the Penn Staters who have entered in their names, none of these new ones are necessarily a surprise, but it is getting to a point where James Franklin and his staff are likely going to start getting worried about depth.

Monroe is the headliner of this group, so to speak, though he never quite reached the potential many saw for him at the safety position. He seemingly earned rave reviews every offseason and was long seen as a long-term answer on the back end of the defense, but injuries have kept him from ever seeing sustained playing time to this point in his career. He took to Twitter on Tuesday to thank the Penn State family for his time in Happy Valley, seemingly closing the door on possibly returning.

Dalton was once looked at as the tight end of the future and looked to have a golden opportunity to become the man this past fall. Instead, injuries that plagued him throughout his Penn State career appeared once more, leading to more playing time for stud freshman performer Pat Freiermuth. With Freiermuth's running mate and former blue-chipper Zach Kuntz waiting in the wings, and with another four-star prospect in Brenton Strange recently enrolling early, the writing was on the wall for Dalton.

Gellerstedt was seen as the true wild card of the 2016 recruiting class. He wasn't highly-touted, but had ridiculous size (6'7, 275) for an incoming freshman and came from a very well-regarded high school in Ohio's Dublin Coffman. He was another who was consistently praised by the coaching staff during the offseason and for work on the scout team but was passed on the depth chart in short order during the fall.

Once again, just because these three entered the portal does not mean they are fully removed from Penn State's roster, but it would be a surprise to see any of these three back next season. Though Monroe is only one who seems to have officially said his permanent goodbyes, both Dalton and Gellerstedt are surely gone as well.

Though they haven't lost any crucial pieces yet, depending on your opinion, through this transfer portal process, Penn State does need to start thinking about depth for 2019. Don't be surprised to see them be more active in bringing in transfers than they have been in the past when all is said and done.

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