Tyrell Chavis cut it pretty close.
The junior college defensive tackle appears to be cleared for preseason activity after passing his academic requirements at Nassau Community College in New York, and was listed on the official roster passed out at Penn State’s media day on Thursday morning. The news was first reported by Blue-White Illustrated.
Fall camp also begins for the Nittany Lions on Thursday.
Chavis signed with Penn State in February and was originally supposed to get to campus in June. He failed to meed academic requirements that would have allowed his official transfer and therefore had to make those up this summer.
“To me, there are a lot of different aspects of college football and of college athletics and for universities in general,” said head coach James Franklin, when asked about Chavis on Thursday morning. “I’m a big believer that education is for the betterment of society, and you have a lot of different people, lot of different backgrounds and stories that come and play college sports or in general are just a normal student and working.
“Whenever you are able to offer a scholarship or opportunity of playing time to people, I think Chavis is a great story. He’s had to overcome a lot of things in his life. To me, this is why I coach, stories like this…He’s going to be one of those success stories…I’m really proud of him.”
Regardless, Chavis is expected to make an immediate impact on a defensive line that lost three of its four starters to the NFL Draft in the spring. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive tackle has two seasons of eligibility remaining.