Transfer wide receiver Devin Carter will suit up at Beaver Stadium to open the 2023 college football season. But he won’t be wearing the Penn State blue and white.
Hours after the Rose Bowl, Carter verbally committed to play for the Nittany Lions in 2023. On Wednesday, the former NC State standout went back on that decision and committed to West Virginia, Penn State’s season-opening opponent.
Carter’s choice is not a complete shock. Classes started Monday, and Penn State recently announced mid-year transfers becoming members of the program. Carter, who took down his post-Rose Bowl commitment tweet, was not among those player announcements.
The Nittany Lions were still pushing to make Carter’s commitment official even with West Virginia vying for his services. It’s a noteworthy loss for James Franklin and his staff, but one they can overcome through the portal.
Carter would have been a nice addition with Parker Washington leaving for the NFL and Mitchell Tinsley running out of eligibility. Replacing Washington, Tinsley and tight end Brenton Strange is a burden, especially with five-star freshman Drew Allar expected to take over for Sean Clifford.
Carter, who has one year of eligibility left, was a 41-game starter at NC State. He had 118 receptions for 1,906 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 16.2 yards per catch.
Without Carter’s experience and 6-foot-3 frame in the fold, Penn State will continue to pursue transfers to bolster a talented, but young receiver room.
One to keep an eye on is Bowling Green’s Tyrone Broden, a 6-foot-7 target who visited the Nittany Lions over the weekend and is set to make his decision soon.