Ken Talley was a four-star recruit in the class of 2022 and a huge get for Penn State in that class. But just weeks into his PSU career he decided to hit the transfer portal before the new rules existed and now he’s at Michigan State. He’s a quiet kid who doesn’t talk to anyone but he gave me some quotes.
“Michigan state is an upcoming program under Coach Mel Tucker and I love the morals here,” he told The Portal Report. “‘Keep chopping’, ‘The Standard’ and ‘The Ball” they are trending in the right way of success. Plus I’m surrounded by not just one or two of the best defensive line coaches, I’m surrounded by three in Coach Coleman, Coach Vic (Analyst Kevin Vickerson) and Coach BT Jordan so my skills and talent will be utilized well here and my game will elevate if I just continue listen to everything they tell me and absorb their knowledge of the game.”
The morals part of that quote was interesting as many assumed Talley left PSU for academic reasons and was headed the JUCO route. However, his ability to transfer without a stop at junior college speaks differently. Why did he leave Penn State? He was vague for obvious reasons.
“It just didn’t work out,” he said. “No hate to Penn State, I still love the fans and staff, I just had to remove myself.”
It’s intriguing for sure and maybe the rest of the story will come out eventually. But for now, the Spartans have a 6-foot-2, 245-pound strong and physical edge rusher they can develop for next season and beyond. The Philly prospect had a very high comfort level with Penn State during the process and also visited West Virginia, Pitt, Rutgers and Tennessee so for Michigan State to land him out of the portal speaks to Mel Tucker’s portal magic. Talley had more than 30 offers out of high school.