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Report: Cornerback TJ Johnson Transferring From Penn State

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The redshirt freshman defensive back will be leaving the program.

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State will be down at least one scholarship player in 2017, as cornerback TJ Johnson has elected to transfer from the program, according to Sean Fitz of Lions247.

At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Johnson has elite size for the position, but it didn’t appear he was going to contribute much this season or down the line. 2017 cornerback signees Lamont Wade and Tariq Castro-Fields had already passed Johnson on the depth chart, so it would have been an uphill battle for Johnson to ever see much playing time.

Originally from Cleveland, Johnson landed an offer from Penn State just one day before National Signing Day 2016, quickly putting pen-to-paper for the Nittany Lions the following day. Prior to Penn State getting involved, Johnson was being courted by Buffalo and UMass, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Johnson end up at a MAC program next season.

Best of luck to TJ in his future endeavors!