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Jahan Dotson Declares For 2022 NFL Draft

Jahan Dotson’s historic Penn State football career has come to a close.

Dotson announced via Twitter Monday night that he’s opting out of the Outback Bowl and declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft.

“It’s been nothing but special to wear the Blue & White these past four years,” Dotson wrote. “I will forever be thankful for the love Happy Valley has shown me and the people it has been brought into my life.”

Dotson’s Penn State career started when he arrived in Happy Valley as a four-star recruit in 2018. After getting a taste of college football during his true freshman season, he emerged as the Nittany Lions’s No. 2 wideout in 2019 alongside KJ Hamler.

The Nazareth, Pennsylvania native had a breakout 2020 campaign that saw him haul in 52 passes worth 884 yards and eight touchdowns in just nine games. He earned third-team All-Big Ten honors following his burst onto the scene.

Not only did Dotson continue to get better in 2021, but he stepped up as one of the best receivers in the country. He posted 91 catches for 1,182 yards and 13 touchdowns (12 receiving, one rushing). His 91 receptions and 12 receiving touchdowns were good for second-best in the Big Ten.

Dotson leaves Penn State with his name toward the top of the all-time program record books. He ranks No. 4 in all-time receiving yards, No. 2 in receiving touchdowns, and he holds the single-game receiving yards record with the 242 yards he posted this season against Maryland.

The wideout is the fourth Penn State football player to opt out of the bowl and declare for the 2022 NFL Draft so far. He joins linebackers Brandon Smith and Ellis Brooks, along with safety Jaquan Brisker.

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