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.
Welcome @ZMcphearson to the Red Raider Family!
DB | Grad-Transfer | Junior
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) April 16, 2019
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!