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Remember that Devlin Guy?

Before we get into the who’s-going-where of Signing Day (although Davis did share two great resources for those of you who can’t wait for my take), there’s another interesting bit of Nittany Lion football news today:

Former Penn State quarterback Pat Devlin will officially become a Blue Hen today when Delaware unveils its 2009 recruiting class on national signing day.

Three years after he backed out of a commitment to Miami and signed with the Nittany Lions, Devlin will become the centerpiece of the Division I-AA school’s incoming group. His transfer has been among college football’s worst-kept secrets.

This destination- which has been rumored as his school of choice since the news broke- makes a lot of sense. He couldn’t transfer to another Division 1-A school without losing a year of NCAA eligibility. The article points out that Delaware has been ‘Transfer U’ for the last decade – since 2002, a whopping 5 QBs from Division 1-A schools have jumped ship for the Blue Hens. The most famous is the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, who transferred after being stuck behind Tyler Palko on the University of Pittsburgh’s depth chart. Devlin definitely has a similar skill set, and sources have said that concern for a pro career was the major impetus in leaving Happy Valley.

Though it was a disappointment for #7 to leave, it’s best to wish him luck. As a student who transferred colleges, I know that making that decision can be stressful enough without even having a potential NFL career to consider. Hopefully playing for the Blue Hens is the right choice for Devlin.

[Source: Philadelphia Inquirer]

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Mark McColey is a Senior majoring in Advertising and Labor-Employment relations. Among his loves are Penn State Football, The Steelers, The Penguins, The Simpsons, Tina Fey, and Arrested Development.

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