Penn State safety CJ Holmes has entered the transfer portal, according to a report by Rivals.
2017 4-star RB CJ Holmes has entered the transfer portal this morning. He signed with #GoIrish in 2017 but then transferred and walked on at #WeAre where he was moved to DB @rivalsmike @RivalsWoody @RivalsSnyder https://t.co/g2zPWXhOMu— NCAA Transfer Portal (@RivalsPortal) June 9, 2020
A four-star prospect and the No. 2 player in Connecticut in 2017, Holmes played his true freshman season as a running back at Notre Dame. He registered eight carries for 32 yards that season before being dismissed from the Irish program that winter after being charged with shoplifting. That charge was ultimately dropped.
He transferred to Penn State ahead of the 2018 season as a walk-on, serving as the scout team running back while he sat out a year due to NCAA rules. He made the move to safety last spring. He appeared in nine games last season, registering two tackles. Listed as the fourth safety on this spring's depth chart, Holmes was expected to be a key member of the special teams unit this season.
Holmes is the latest in what's been a handful of Nittany Lions to enter the transfer portal this offseason, a list that includes former five-star running back Ricky Slade and two former-four star defensive linemen in Daniel Joseph in Damion Barber.
If he again has to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, he will have one season of eligibility remaining.