Redshirt sophomore linebacker Dae’lun Darien announced Wednesday that he will transfer away from Penn State in order to be closer to his family.
Darien cited his father’s illness and other family issues as the reason for his decision.
Please respect my decision✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/ncjyCyz61N
— Dae’lun Darien❗️ (@ddaelun1710) January 2, 2019
News of his transfer comes on a day of departure announcements for the Nittany Lions. Wide receivers coach David Corley was fired after one year on the job, and defensive end Shareef Miller offensive linemen Ryan Bates and Connor McGovern each announced they are forgoing their final years of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft
Darien leaves Happy Valley after making 16 appearances, mostly on special teams and in a reserve role for Brent Pry’s defensive unit. He recorded four tackles — including two in the Nittany Lions’ 51-6 blowout victory of Pitt at Heinz Field earlier this season — and broke up one pass during his time with Penn State.
The Baltimore native was a three-star prospect coming out of high school, and he was originally recruited by James Franklin and his staff as a wide receiver. He was originally a Temple commit, but he flipped to Penn State in February 2016. The 6-foot-4 player made the transition to linebacker ahead of spring ball in 2018, but he was used in all situations at times during his Penn State career.
Darien isn’t the first Nittany Lion to announce his intention to transfer since the end of the regular season. Freshman safety Isaiah Humphries and redshirt freshman linebacker Brelin Faison will also not return to the team next season. Humphries’ 2019 destination isn’t known yet, but Faison will go to UNC Charlotte so he can be closer to his family.