Penn State tight end Danny Dalton is heading home for the next phase of his college football career.
Dalton, a Massachusetts native, plans to join the Boston College Eagles roster after his impending graduation from Penn State. He announced this decision Sunday afternoon on Twitter.
“My football career at Penn State has been filled with ups and downs and many life lessons along the way,” Dalton said in the statement. “While it may not be what I had envisioned, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. With that being said, I am excited to announce that following my graduation in June, I will be grad-transferring to Boston College and finishing my collegiate career at a place that is very special to me. It’s funny how things come full circle in life, and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. Go Eagles!”
He was verbally committed to Boston College for approximately six weeks in 2015.
Dalton spent three seasons with the Nittany Lions after arriving on campus in 2016 as the nation’s No. 20 tight end prospect in 247Sports composite rankings. A former Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, he redshirted as a true freshman and didn’t see any game action in 2017.
Following the departure of All-Big Ten tight end Mike Gesicki, Penn State found itself in search of a new starter entering 2018 preseason camp. Dalton, dealing with competition from fourth-year players Nick Bowers and Jonathan Holland, and true freshmen Pat Freiermuth and Zack Kuntz, proved to be a steady performer during August practice sessions.
“Dalton, from the beginning of camp to the end, has really come in with a blue-collar mentality and just keeps chipping away at it,” Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said as the season opener neared. “Dalton has probably had the most consistent camp.”
Dalton, listed 6-foot-4, 247 pounds, entered September as a co-starter at tight end, sharing that status with Holland. He saw significant action through the first two weeks, catching three passes against Appalachian State and Pittsburgh. Those were ultimately his only receptions in a Penn State uniform.
With the exception of a Nov. 17 trip to Rutgers, Dalton didn’t enter another game. He was listed fourth on Penn State’s final public depth chart, while Freiermuth ascended to become a Freshman All-American. The Nittany Lions signed four-star tight end Brenton Strange in December and welcomed him to campus as an early enrollee this month.
Dalton takes two seasons of remaining college football eligibility to Boston College and can play this fall upon completion of his Penn State degree. He expressed gratitude for his time in Happy Valley.
“I would first like to thank the entire Penn State community for the unbelievable support for the last three years,” he said. “I would like to thank Coach Franklin and the staff for giving me the opportunity to chase my dreams and play at an incredible institution. I would specifically like to thank Coach (Ricky) Rahne and Coach (Tyler) Bowen for helping me develop to be the best tight end I can be. I would also like to give a special thanks to the strength staff, specifically Dwight Galt III and Dwight Galt IV for all the support and encouragement they gave me during my time here.”
Dalton, who attended Marshfield (Mass.) High School, had entered the transfer portal, as reported Tuesday on Lions247. He is the latest Penn State veteran to confirm their departure from the program since a Citrus Bowl loss, joining linebacker Dae’lun Darien, receiver Juwan Johnson, cornerback Zech McPhearson, linebacker Jarvis Miller, safety Ayron Monroe and receiver Brandon Polk.