Update, 5:12 p.m.: Anderson isn’t the only one leaving the program. Offensive lineman Anthony Alosi, receiver Jonathan Warner and quarterback Austin Whipple are all also no longer listed on the roster, according to Fight On State. While Anderson and Whipple intend to transfer, Alosi and Warner will complete their Penn State degrees.
“We thank them for their contributions to the program and wish them well in their future academic and athletic endeavors,” James Franklin said.
Rising sophomore wide receiver Richy Anderson, who was part of Bill O’Brien’s legendary 2013 recruiting class, will seek a transfer from the program, according to outlets.
— Lions247 (@Lions247) June 13, 2014
Can confirm #PennState receiver Richy Anderson will transfer out of the program.
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) June 13, 2014
Anderson is a Frederick, Md. native who caught 13 passes for 111 yards in 2013. The son of former Lions running back Richie Anderson, he committed to Penn State in October of 2012. He played as a true freshman last season, but he split reps with early enrollee DeAndre Thompkins in the spring, according to Lions247. Anderson was in the class that included quarterback Christian Hackenberg, a big reason for Penn State football’s continuity through some of its toughest times. His name has already been removed from Penn State’s official roster page.
His departure probably means that we’ll see a good deal of Thompkins at wideout in 2014, along with rising sophomore Geno Lewis and rising redshirt freshman DaeSean Hamilton.