Penn State receiver Geno Lewis announced on Monday morning that he has decided to use his final year of eligibility at a separate institution.
Lewis, who recently obtained his degree from Penn State, will transfer to the University of Oklahoma for the 2016 season.
“After a long discussion with my family and coaches, I have decided that it would be in my best interest to transfer from Penn State University to pursue my graduate studies and play football with my last year of eligibility,” he said in a statement released on his Twitter page.
“This was not an easy decision but I feel like it is time to move on to the next chapter in my life.”
Lewis went on to thank his family, friends and all coaches who he has worked with during his time in high school and at Penn State, as well as the academic support staff and his teammates.
“The last four years have been an incredible ride and I wouldn’t change anything,” he said. “To all my teammates, I just want to say, from the sanctions to now, I wouldn’t want to go through all of that with any other group. No one could ever break the brotherhood and support we have for each other. I love you guys to death and will always have your back. Through all of the adversity, I have become a better person, man and player.”
Lewis ends his career at Penn State with 90 catches for 1,181 yards and eight touchdowns.
In 2014, he played a large role offensively with 55 catches for 751 yards. His playing time decreased this past year in contrast with that of All-Big Ten wideout Chris Godwin and with the emergence of a highly competitive and young receiving group. Lewis, an incoming fifth-year player, had just 17 catches and 196 yards in 2015.
Head coach James Franklin released a statement regarding the transfer via Penn State Athletics.
“Geno has been a valued member of our team and has made some clutch and memorable catches during our two seasons with him,” he said. “He has had influence on and has been a great mentor to our young group of receivers. We are very proud to see him leave Penn State with his degree in hand and wish him the best of luck.”