Penn State player from York County reportedly enters his name into NCAA transfer portal

STEVE HEISER
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Penn State's Tyler Rudolph (21) and Drew Hartlaub (37) attempt to recover a kick by Rutgers in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Rudolph recovered the kick. Penn State defeated Rutgers 27-6. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)
Drew Hartlaub

South Western High School graduate Drew Hartlaub has reportedly entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal.

The news was first reported by 247Sports.

The York County product had been a walk-on safety at Penn State who had become a special-teams fixture for the Nittany Lions in the last few seasons on punt coverage. He has 11 career tackles.

The 5-foot, 11-inch, 177-pounder was a redshirt junior in 2020 who was known as one of the fastest players on the PSU roster, reportedly running a 4.25 time in the 40-yard dash.

Hartlaub will have two years of eligibility left, thanks to the NCAA policy that grants everyone who played in 2020 an extra season.

In 2020, Hartlaub appeared in six games on special teams and was named the coaching staff's Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Michigan, when he collected his second career fumble recovery on a muffed Michigan punt return in the second quarter.

In 2019, he appeared in 12 games and was named the coaching staff's Developmental Squad Defensive Player of the Week after games vs. Buffalo and and Iowa. He earned his first career fumble recovery at Michigan State and recorded a career-best two tackles, both on punt coverage, when he was selected as the coaching staff's Special Teams Player of the Week.

In  2018, he appeared in 10 games and was named the team’s Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year.

In 2017, he took his redshirt season.

At South Western, Hartlaub was a three-time letterman and was a team captain as a senior. He garnered three All-York-Adams Division I accolades as a wide receiver, returner and running back. Hartlaub’s high school career was hampered when he suffered a torn ACL injury in the first game of his junior season.

Walker returning to PSU: While Hartlaub appears to be leaving PSU, redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Rasheed Walker will return for the 2021 season, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday evening.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Waldrof, Maryland, native started at left tackle in all nine games last season for the Nittany Lions. He played a pivotal role in helping the offensive line turn things around — the unit gave up 20 sacks through the team's 0-5 start to the season before surrendering only eight sacks in its final four games.

Walker was named third-team All-Big Ten by the media and was given an honorable mention by the conference's coaches.

In his three-year career so far, Walker has played in 26 games — starting in 22 contests (all 13 games in 2019, plus all nine in 2020).

Penn State has already had three offensive lineman announce they won't be returning to the program this fall, so Walker's announcement is especially good news for the Nittany Lions. Redshirt senior offensive lineman Will Fries — who had started 42 games — announced his departure to prepare for the NFL draft last month, and redshirt junior offensive lineman C.J. Thorpe announced he would enter the transfer portal last week. This past weekend, Rich Scarcella of the Reading Eagle reported that redshirt senior center Michal Menet — a three-year starter — will also be moving on from Penn State to prepare for the NFL draft.

The Nittany Lions are still waiting for an announcement from redshirt junior offensive lineman Mike Miranda.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com. The Centre Daily Times (TNS) contributed to this report.