A former top WPIAL prospect has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Former Central Catholic 4-star lineman CJ Thorpe has announced he’s leaving Penn State and entering the transfer portal. Thorpe will have two seasons remaining of athletic eligibility.
Thorpe made his decision public on Twitter with this statement:
“These past 4 years at Penn State have taught me unforgettable lessons. There have been trials and tribulations that helped me to grow into the person I am today. For all of these things, the good and the bad, I am thankful. To the coaching staff, I want to them for showing me how the world works, and supporting me even when I couldn’t see it. To my teammates, I’m thankful to them for enlightening me to their cultures and their lives. And to everyone I’ve met, y’all have shown me so much love and many different perspectives that it’s helped me more than anything.
I will be entering the transfer portal as a Defensive Lineman, leaving at the end of the spring as a graduate transfer. With a year of experience in college at defense as well as a playing style that is truly made for it, I believe this is the best move for me. Having two years of eligibility left will allow me to pursue what I believe to me my true position on the field. I will be giving my heart and soul to this journey and am open to all the help available. To the coaches just sit down and talk with me and you will understand I am more than what’s on paper. I you you all, God Bless, and cheers to chasing your dreams.
Christopher (CJ) Thorpe II
Thorpe has been a starter at offensive guard for Penn State the past two seasons, making five starts in 2019 and three this past season.
Thorpe was a legacy player at Penn State. His father, Chris, was a linebacker and fullback for the Lions from 1985-88 and is the third Nittany Lion player to enter the transfer portal, joining DT Antonio Shelton (who chose Florida) and DT Judge Culpepper.