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Lions welcome fourth transfer

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The Penn State football roster turnstile keeps moving, with transfers coming, several Nittany Lions seeking other opportunities and new recruits on the horizon.

According to Twitter and internet reports, the Lions have added four transfers in the past week — Temple defensive end Arnold Ebiketie, Duke defensive tackle Derrick Tangelo, South Carolina cornerback John Dixon and Baylor running back John Lovett.

Ebiketie, a Kensington, Maryland native, was in the transfer portal after making 42 tackles, including four sacks, with the Owls. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Ebiketie and Tangelo will help the Lions address a need on the defensive line, which lost four contributors from the 2020 season — ends Shaka Toney and Jayson Oweh, who both are entering the NFL Draft, and tackles Antonio Shelton and Judge Culpepper, who both transferring.

Tangelo, a 310-pound Potomac, Md. native, made more than 100 tackles in three seasons as a starter at Duke.

He told Lions247 that Penn State “has always been my dream school.”

A sophomore, Dixon started eight games for the Gamecocks and made 34 total tackles had five pass deflections.

In four years at Baylor, Lovett, a New Jersey native, rushed for 1,803 yards and 17 touchdowns on 355 carries, and he also caught 29 passes for 183 yards and a score.

In addition to Toney, Lion guard Will Fries announced Wednesday he will entering the NFL Draft. Fries made 42 career starts at tackle and guard.

Penn State has also lost defensive back Trent Gordon, who played sparingly in three games this fall after serving as a backup in 2019. Gordon has transferred to Arkansas.

On Friday, the Lions got a New Year’s present with the announcement that Steelton-Highspire’s Mehki Flowers, a rising senior, has committed to join the class of 2022.

Flowers, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, told Lions 247 he’s spoken with James Franklin about playing both offense (receiver) and defense (cornerback).

“It was when I first stepped on campus, and just how much it felt like I was at home,” he told Lions 247.

Flowers’ listed top 10 also included Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Howard, Nebraska, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Rutgers and Connecticut, but choosing the Nittany Lions turned into an easy decision.

He is the fifth player from Pennsylvania in the 2022 class, joining Downingtown West offensive tackle Drew Shelton, Philadelphia Northeast defensive end Ken Talley, Manheim Township receiver Anthony Ivey and Central York quarterback Beau Pribula.

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