Reports: Penn State 4-star recruit Ken Talley enters portal

Freshman defensive end Ken Talley, a four-star recruit, has entered the NCAA transfer portal without ever playing a down for Penn State, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Talley, from Northeast High School in Philadelphia, committed to the Nittany Lions in September 2020 and signed his letter of intent last December. His time with coach James Franklin’s program was brief, however. He participated in fall camp but didn’t enroll until this month.

At the time he signed in December, the coaching staff made it clear the value the program placed on Talley. With him, Penn State had the No. 8-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite.

“He’s the heartbeat,” said defensive recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, per 247Sports. “His energy, his smile, his personality, his tenacity, the dog in him.”

In his senior season, Talley had 95 tackles and 12 sacks and was named the Class 6A Public League MVP.

On Saturday, running back Caziah Holmes officially left the program.

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