Penn State Cornerback Joseph Johnson III Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

By Matthew Filipovits on April 20, 2021 at 1:26 pm
Sep 27, 2019; College Park, MD, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin leads his team onto the field prior to their game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State cornerback Joseph Johnson III has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, ending his Nittany Lion career before he ever appeared in a game.

Johnson was an early enrollee in 2020 but didn't get the traditional advantage that entails due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He spent the season on the scout team, developing behind a slew of talented Nittany Lion corners.

Penn State's cornerback room has become one of the most competitive on the team, with Tariq Castro-Fields and Joey Porter Jr. returning as projected starters. South Carolina transfer Johnny Dixon and true freshman Kalen King have received rave reviews, not to mention multi-year contributors like Keaton Ellis and Daequan Hardy also in the room. The depth chart had already become so crowded that Marquis Wilson is experimenting at wide receiver this spring.

Johnson will be a true freshman once again this season thanks to the free year of eligibility.