Former Penn State running back Ricky Slade will finish his collegiate career back in his home state, announcing his transfer to Old Dominion. He will join his former offensive coordinator, Ricky Rahne, as well as a slew of former Nittany Lion offensive staffers.
A former five-star prospect, Slade was a part of Penn State's running back rotation for two years, serving as the primary backup to Miles Sanders as a true freshman. He came into the 2019 season as Penn State's lead back but saw his snaps decrease as the season went on due to the emergence of Journey Brown and Noah Cain.
Slade finishes his Penn State career having rushed 92 times for 471 yards and eight touchdowns. He also registered 13 receptions for 117 yards.
He will have to sit out a year according to NCAA transfer rules, unless he receives a waiver. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Slade is the fifth former scholarship Nittany Lion to find a new home this offseason. Fellow former five-star Justin Shorter transferred to Florida, wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer is heading to Miami (OH), defensive end Daniel Joseph is joining the NC State Wolfpack as a graduate transfer, and Damion Barber will join FCS Austin Peay. Cornerback DJ Brown and quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. still have their names in the portal and are searching for their next stops.
Best of luck, Ricky!