Penn State’s first dive into the Outsourcing Portal this off-season comes in the form of one of the most prominent of the cup season. The Nittany Lions received a commitment from the former West Kentucky wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley on Friday evening.
Tinsley will emerge from the seven-catch, 103-yard, two-stroke performance in the Boca Raton Bowl against Appalachian State on Dec. 18. He caught 87 assists for 1,402 yards and 14 shots per season. His 14 points ended in a draw for fourth place nationally among the receivers.
Western Kentucky ended with attack no. 1 of the country and lost attack coordinator Zach Kitley to Texas Tech in the off-season. Tinsley had eight hits in the last five games of the season for the Hilltoppers, who finished 9-5 this season. Teammate Jerreth Sterns led the nation in taking with 150 catches for 1902 yards and 17 points. Sterns has entered the draft NFL 2022.
Tinsley 6-foot, 205-pound played two games against the Big Ten race in 2021, catching four assists for 68 yards against Indiana in September and grabbing seven balls for 127 yards a week later against Michigan State. He had a 10-season catch for 198 yards and two goals in a win over Rice in November, winning the Capital One Orange Bowl Player of the Week awards that week.
Lees Summit, Mo., native, played two seasons at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before moving to West Kentucky in 2020. He captured 57 passes for 656 yards and four hits at the new college level. It will have one year right to be used in Penn State.
He played in all 12 games his first season in Western Kentucky in 2020, starting at nine. He had 43 high catches for the team for 377 yards and four shots and served as the team player for part of the season. He finished his career in West Kentucky with 130 caps for 1779 yards and 18 shots in 26 games.
Penn State focused on the wide receiver as a top priority on the Portal this off-season. The Nittany Lions will lose All-American Jahan Dotson in the NFL in 2022 and we will welcome a returning starting pair again Parker Washington and KeAndre Lambert-Smith. Wide receiver trainer Taylor Stubblefield addressed the issue on National Signature Day.
“As far as the transfer portal is concerned, we are not just looking for someone to add depth,” he said. “We’ll be looking for someone who can be dynamic. And we want someone who has shown output, you want someone who is ideally leaving on good terms. And so you’re just trying to find someone who will be as well. the best fit because I feel like I have a pretty good room. “
Tinsley is the Nittany Lions’s first off-Portal deal this off-season. Last year, Penn State received commitments from FBS transfers Arnold Ebiketie, Derrick Tangelo, John Lovett, Eric Wilson and Johnny Dixon.