Less than a week after Penn State head coach James Franklin said that the Nittany Lions plan to be active in the transfer portal this offseason, the Nittany Lions have added a grad transfer as running back John Lovett has made the decision to transfer to Penn State from Baylor.
During his four seasons with the Bears, the 6-foot-0 212 pound Lovett rushed for 1,803 yards and 17 touchdowns. Lovett averaged a healthy 5.1 yards per carry with Baylor, and he added 183 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. Lovett will have one year of eligibility with the Nittany Lions.
Lovett is a New Jersey native who the Nittany Lions offered late in the 2017 recruiting cycle. The recruitment was short lived though, as the Nittany Lions then decided to focus on a small town PA running back named Journey Brown. As they say, the rest is history.
Looking ahead to 2021, Lovett will add a speed element to an already talented Nittany Lion running back room. Keyvone Lee established himself as a key member of the Nittany Lion offense as a true freshman this season, while Caziah Holmes was able to flash why he was a high four-star recruit as well. Adding Lovett will also be a bit of insurance in case Noah Cain’s injury impacts his 2021 season at all. Devyn Ford also missed the final two games of the 2020 season due to injury.
Penn State already had one of the best running back rooms in the Big Ten. With the addition of Lovett, this room has only gotten better. The Nittany Lion offense should not be lacking weapons in 2021.
Welcome to Happy Valley, John!