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Big Ten Star Makes Surprising Decision On His Football Future

Penn State helmet

Penn State helmet

NFL teams in need of an offensive tackle have been eyeing Penn State's Olu Fashanu for a while now.

They'll have to wait another year to be able to draft him.

Fashanu has made the surprising decision to return to Penn State for the 2023 season, according to a report by ESPN's Pete Thamel. Fashanu was widely considered one of, if not the best, offensive line prospects eligible for this spring's NFL Draft.

"Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu tells ESPN he will return to school for the 2023 season," Thamel tweeted. "The decision comes as a surprise in the NFL world, as Fashanu is projected as the top lineman in the 2023 NFL Draft. Huge news for PSU coming off 10-2 year."

Fashanu only started one game across his first two seasons at Penn State but burst onto the scene this year. He started the Nittany Lions' first eight games but has missed the past four due to an undisclosed injury. 

No announcement has been made about whether or not he will play in the team's bowl game, likely a New Year's Six bowl.

At a time when other schools seem to be hemorrhaging players to the transfer portal, the news of Fashanu's return is big for a Penn State team that is still looking to break through and make the College Football Playoff for the first time under head coach James Franklin.

The Nittany Lions went 10-2 this year with their only losses coming to Ohio State and Michigan. With Fashanu set to return, perhaps 2023 will be the year.