One of the standouts during Penn State's 2019 season, tight end Pat Freiermuth, has officially announced he will return to the program for the 2020 football season.
The note reads as follows:
Dear Nittany Nation,
In the past couple weeks, it has come to light that I am able to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
After discussing this opportunity with my family, coaches, and other loved ones, I have decided to return to Penn State for my junior year.
The brotherhood and family atmosphere in this program is something that I am not ready to leave. The culture Coach Franklin and the staff have created here is something very special and I love being part of it.
It is also important to me to achieve my goal of getting my degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the country.
As always, thank you to the amazing, supportive fan base who always comes, wherever we are playing, to show their support for Penn State football. We truly do have the best fans in the country.
Time to get back to work...
The former four-star tight end was a dangerous weapon for the Penn State offense in 2019, accounting for 40 receptions, 464 yards, and 7 touchdowns. He was also an incredible pass and run blocker for the Nittany Lion offense. And whenever the offense needed a big play, it seemed to be Freiermuth on the receiving end of a crucial reception.
There are other players who are eligible to leave for the NFL Draft early, and it stands to reason we'll learn their decisions in the coming weeks. But the first shoe dropped on Saturday evening, and as a result, the best tight end in college football is returning to Happy Valley.