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Former Lions DB Humphries headed to Pac-12

Isaiah Humphries began his college football career at Penn State. Shortly after midnight Sunday, the defensive back declared where he’ll continue it.

Humphries tweeted a series of photos of himself in a Cal Golden Bears uniform and has since updated his Twitter bio to reflect his upcoming status as a member of the Cal football program. Shannon Carroll, who covers the Golden Bears for 247Sports, provided some additional context.

“He visited the campus over the weekend, and he plans to enroll at Berkeley before the spring semester starts,” she wrote. “Academically, he’ll be a sophomore, while he’ll be a redshirt freshman on the football field. He likely won’t be able to play for the Bears in the 2019 season because of NCAA transfer rules, unless, of course, he gets a waiver.”

Humphries announced his departure from Penn State in late November, days after the Nittany Lions’ regular-season finale vs. Maryland.

“After many months of prayer and thought, I will be leaving Penn State,” he wrote Nov. 28 on Twitter. “I’m so thankful for the coaches and the staff for allowing me to come here all the way from Texas.”

Humphries, a three-star prospect considered the No. 34 safety in 247Sports 2018 composite rankings, is the son of former Nittany Lions defensive back Leonard Humphries. He verbally pledged to Penn State on New Year’s Eve 2016; midway through his junior year at Sachse (Texas) High School.

Named Texas’ District 10-6A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior — after totaling 60 tackles, 11 pass breakups and seven interceptions — his recruitment featured more than 30 reported scholarship offers. Humphries finalized plans by signing with Penn State in December 2o17, and he enrolled on campus only a few weeks later.

Humphries and cornerback Trent Gordon were early arrivals in the defensive secondary last winter. They were later joined by classmate and cornerback Jordan Miner, though he ultimately stepped away from being an active football participant before the season due to a detected heart condition.

Miner’s medical development and Humphries’ decision to depart after one season leave Gordon as the only scholarship defensive back from his recruiting class. The Nittany Lions carried a commitment from safety Isheem Young during latter stages of the 2018 cycle but off-field issues resulted in his absence from the class.

In total, three members of the 2018 recruiting class will not join Penn State on the field this year: Humphries, Miner and offensive lineman Nana Asiedu, who was also sidelined due to a heart condition.

“I have made many friends here that I will miss dearly and it’s going to be hard to leave them here,” Humphries wrote in November. “But in order to grow and not lose the passion that I have for football and for everything that I value, I unfortunate(ly) will be transferring from this place. I appreciate everything that has been given to me and the relationships that I have made along the way.”

Humphries did not see game action as a true freshman, handling scout-team duties against first- and second-team offensive units. He joins linebacker Manny Bowen (signed with Utah) as former Nittany Lions defenders set to spend 2019 in the Pac-12 Conference.

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