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Former Penn State WR Malik McClain transferring to ASU, takes program’s final football scholarship

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With just one scholarship available from the ASU Football program, former Penn State wide receiver Malik McClain is set to transfer and take it.

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On his X (formerly Twitter) account on Sunday night, McClain posted that he is going to be playing for the Sun Devils next season.

As a four-star prospect coming out of high school, the Florida native decided to stay in-state and committed to Florida State in 2020. In his two years (2021-22) in Tallahassee, he collected 33 catches for 396 yards and scored five touchdowns in 25 games.

Then before last season, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder would enter the transfer portal and ended up committing to Penn State. As a Nittany Lion, he played nine games with six receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown in 2023.

McClain will now get to reunite with ASU head coach Kenny Dillingham who was Florida State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach when he was there. He joins running back Alton McCaskill IV and quarterback Jeff Sims who are both transferring to Tempe.

This latest acquisition at wideout clearly spells out that Elijah Badger – who entered the portal almost a month ago – will not return to Arizona State. The current receiver situation at ASU includes McClain, senior Jake Smith, junior Troy Omeire and sophomore Jordyn Tyson.

Whoever has entered the transfer portal after May 1 will be forced to sit out this next season. Arizona State is about to compete in its first-ever season as a Big 12 Conference program this fall.

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Alec Cipollini covers Phoenix Sports News for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account, @AlecCipollini

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