Penn State Sr WR Justin Brown has told Oklahoma coaches he will transfer there. Plans to arrive Monday.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 5, 2012
Brown was one of Penn State's top receivers the past two seasons, with a combined 68 catches for 969 yards. His size and speed can cause matchup problems, but Penn State never had a quarterback who could take advantage of his talents.
Besides getting increased opportunities, Brown will also have a serious shot at a national title with the Sooners, something he couldn't have with the Nittany Lions after their punishment.
Oklahoma instantly gains experience and size in their receiving corps. Before Brown's transfer, Oklahoma only had one receiver on the roster who had caught a pass at the college level.
Brown will also be the tallest receiver on the Sooners' roster. At 6'3", Brown offers quarterback Landry Jones an excellent downfield target.
Oklahoma will likely use Brown on special teams as well. Their return units have been mediocre since losing Ryan Broyles to a torn ACL, and Brown offers a proven punt returner. Last season, Brown ranked 36th in the country in punt returns, a big upgrade over the Sooners' 65th overall ranking.
This continues the bleeding for Penn State, who lost top playmaker Silas Redd to USC. Penn State is now desperately hurting for offensive weapons.
With poor quarterback play and few weapons, this season will be a tough one for the Penn State offense.
Ultimately, Penn State's loss is Oklahoma's gain. Expect Brown to make a nice impact as a returner and receiver for a dynamic Sooners team.