Penn State’s Kevin Haplea will be transferring to Florida State. The junior TE is the latest Nittany Lion to take advantage of the free transfer rule. Haplea follows fellow Penn State transfers RB Silas Redd (USC), QB Rob Bolden (LSU), OL Ryan Nowicki (Ole Miss), S Tim Buckley (NC State), and LB Khairi Fortt (NC State).
Hapela, at 6’4″ and 248 lbs. will be a welcome addition for the Seminoles as Florida State lost two tight ends to graduations during the off season. Coach Jimbo Fisher moved DE Dan Hicks to TE during the off season. First-year Penn State coach Bill O’Brien described Haplea as “a move guy; a little bit better pass receiver than he is a blocker, with good hands.” Hapela will have two years of eligibility with the Seminoles. Hapela was a three star recruit, played in every game the last two seasons, and had 3 catches in 2011 for 21 yards and a TD.