A Nittany Lion who decided to leave the program prior to the announcement of NCAA sanctions last month has reportedly found a new collegiate football home.
In a press release from the school, it was confirmed that cornerback Derrick Thomas has decided to transfer to Marshall and play for the Herd. The redshirt junior practiced with his new teammates for the first time Thursday.
““We’re excited about him, he’s a great young guy and we’re happy that he’s a part of our program,” said head coach Doc Holliday in a statement. “He had an interest in playing for us, so we went through the proper procedures so that he can be here. We’re glad he is.”
Citing personal reasons, Thomas announced in late June that he was leaving Penn State. However, because of the stipulations in the sanctions slapped on the Nittany Lions, Thomas will be eligible to play immediately in 2012.
A four-star member of PSU’s 2009 recruiting class, Thomas was ranked as the No. 28 corner in the country. He played in 13 games the past two seasons, including nine in 2011.