Former Penn State CB Zech McPhearson Transferring to Texas Tech

By Matthew Filipovits on April 16, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Apr 21, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Zech McPhearson (14) during a warm up practice prior to the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Three months after entering his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal, cornerback Zech McPhearson has found his new home. The former four-star prospect will join the Texas Tech Red Raiders, with the team tweeting out a photo welcoming him to the program.

McPhearson was one of the top defensive backs on the East Coast coming out of high school, committing to Penn State over schools like Alabama and Ohio State. McPhearson's older brother, Joshua, was a walk-on running back/wide receiver for the Nittany Lions from 2015-17.

The younger McPhearson appeared in 24 games over the past two seasons after sitting out his first year as a redshirt. He contributed mostly on special teams and served as Penn State's fifth-corner in certain sets. Behind John Reid, Tariq Castro-Fields, and Donovan Johnson, and with the emergence of Trent Gordon and Keaton Ellis, it was no surprise to see McPhearson look for a new opportunity. He wilil have the chance to become a key contributor for new Red Raiders head coach Matt Wells. 

He will be eligible immediately as a grad transfer and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Best of luck, Zech!