Penn State Football Should Rejoice in Landing Transfer Despite Level of Talent

Adam Jacobi@Adam_JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterAugust 20, 2012

Aug 6, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien looks on during practice at the Lasch Football Building practice fields. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Another day, another transfer for Penn State. Bad times, right?

Well, not on Monday. For the first time since the NCAA handed down sanctions against PSU—in fact, the first time since the scandal first broke in November of 2011—a player has decided to transfer to Penn State. has more on the new addition:

In a unique reversal, Akron Zips wideout Jared Fagnano recently transferred to Penn State -- largely because of the NCAA's sanctions against the school.

Jared, a preferred walk-on, asked to be released from Akron in early August because he was not invited to preseason camp. Shortly afterward, he reached out to Penn State's coaching staff, who seemed receptive to his addition.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound wideout will not have a Penn State scholarship this season and will have to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer rules. Still, he has three years of eligibility remaining.

The last name of Fagnano should be familiar to Penn State fans, as Jared's brother Jake is currently the starting strong safety for Penn State. 

Now, is Jared Fagnano going to make Nittany Lions fans forget all about Justin Brown?

No, of course not. There are many, many things a Big Ten fan would potentially like to hear about an incoming transfer, but "a preferred walk-on [who] asked to be released from Akron in early August because he was not invited to preseason camp" is most certainly not on that list.

But Fagnano has the right attitude for coming into a situation like this, and that's important for the sake of the team and keeping the locker room unified in the face of what are about to be extremely trying times.

Being wildly outnumbered isn't exactly fun. But this is about the opportunity to play at a school like this, and it's an opportunity that otherwise wouldn't exist for a lot of the guys we're about to see in Penn State uniforms.

That, by the way, is one reason why it shouldn't be too hard for Penn State to keep its roster numbers afloat over the coming few years. Football remains extremely competitive, after all, and playing at a school as hallowed as Penn State is going to keep carrying weight for innumerable football prospects every year, sanctions or no.

That all said, we're still talking about a walk-on who didn't get invited to Akron's preseason camp and may or may not even get a Penn State scholarship at any point in his career; he won't have one this year.

So if he gets on the field for any large-scale minutes, it's probably bad news for Penn State.

But, hey—he's the first. And sometimes all people need is to follow an example. So if nothing else, Fagnano's at least demonstrating that for players looking for a new start, Penn State is still an option.