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OT Olu Fashanu to put off NFL draft, return to Penn State

Field Level Media
29 Nov 2022, 08:40 GMT+10

Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu announced Monday that he is forgoing the 2023 NFL Draft to return for another season with the Nittany Lions.

Fashanu's decision was noteworthy because he was projected to be as high as a top-10 pick in 2023 had he declared.

"Although playing in the NFL is a goal of mine, there is still more that I want to achieve personally and collectively as a program," Fashanu wrote in a social media post. "After several conversations with my parents and coaches, I will be returning to Penn State for the 2023 season.

"My work here is far from over and I look forward to getting back to work with my brothers."

Fashanu, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound prospect, has been Penn State's starting left tackle throughout his redshirt sophomore season. His blocking has helped Penn State gain 432.4 yards per game, ranking 35th in FBS, with top-50 averages in both passing and rushing offense.

The Nittany Lions are 10-2, their only losses coming against Michigan and Ohio State, and they are in contention for a New Year's Six bowl bid, though not a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Other top tackle prospects in 2023 include a pair of Big Ten foes, Paris Johnson Jr. of Ohio State and Peter Skoronski of Northwestern.

--Field Level Media

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