Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth announced following Saturday's 27-6 victory over Rutgers that he intends to return for the 2020 season rather than declare for the upcoming NFL Draft.
"In the past couple weeks it has come to light that I am able to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft," Freiermuth said in a statement posted on Twitter. "After discussion the opportunity with my family coaches and other, I have decide to return to Penn State for my junior year.
"The brotherhood and family atmosphere in this program is something that I am not ready to leave. The culture Coach Franklin and the staff have created here is something very special and I love being part of it. It is also important to me to achieve my goal of getting my degree from one fo the most prestigious universities in the country. As always, thank you to the amazing supportive fan base who always comes, wherever we are playing, to show their support for Penn State football. We truly do have the best fans in the country.
"Time to get back to work."
Freiermuth has 40 receptions this season for 464 yards and seven touchdowns. While a sophomore in terms of eligibility, the rules as they pertain to entering the NFL Draft require that you be three years removed from high school, which Freiermuth is, following repeating a grade in high school and reclassifying his graduating year.
The announcement gives Penn State a huge piece to its 2020 puzzle on the offensive side of the ball, and the Nittany Lions now await the future of receiver KJ Hamler, who is eligible to enter the draft as well.
The speedy receiver has made no indication of his intentions at this time.