Penn State linebacker Brelin Faison-Walden will transfer to Charlotte to continue his playing career, he announced on Sunday evening. The redshirt freshman and North Carolina native appeared in one game for the Nittany Lions during his two years on campus.
Faison-Walden cited family health problems when referencing a transfer that will take him closer to his Greensboro home. It’s a move that has been expected for some time.
“I would like to thank Penn State & the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play football at Penn State University,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m thankful for the education and connections that I have made during my time at Penn State. I have made some unforgettable memories with my brothers that are in the locker room and I’m thankful for every last one of them.
“Unfortunately, there are some things that we cannot control. Due to my family experiencing health problems, I have made the decision to come closer to home to look after those I love. Therefore, I will be transferring from Penn State University and continuing my education and collegiate football career at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.”
He was an early-enrollee in 2017 but battled several injuries during his short time on campus, including a shoulder issue that cost him his first spring practice. He did not work his way onto the official depth chart during his time on campus.
A three-star prospect from Grimsley High School in Greensboro, Faison-Walden was an all-state linebacker and a Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas participant as a senior. He chose the Nittany Lions over an extensive scholarship list that included Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan and others.
Faison-Walden was the No. 25 outside linebacker and the No. 14 prospect in the Class of 2017, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. 247Sports had him as the No. 33 outside linebacker and the No. 21 prospect in the Tar Heel State.