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Football picks up graduate-transfer from Penn State

Zech McPhearson looks to make immediate impact for wavering secondary

From Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Zechariah McPhearson is continuing his athletic career as a graduate-transfer for Texas Tech. McPhearson was a four star recruit coming out of high school, committing to Penn State over other high-profile schools like Alabama and Ohio State. During his time with the Nittany Lions, McPhearson logged twenty-four games with 16 tackles, three pass deflections, and a fumble recovery after sitting his first year out as a redshirt.

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Zech’s decision to transfer comes as no surprise as he operated mostly behind defensive backs John Reid, Tariq Castro-Fields, and Donovan Johnson throughout his time there. Penn State’s recent strengthening of their roster with Trent Gordon and Keaton Ellis also gave McPhearson the nudge to find a new home for his final years of eligibility.

McPhearson will be immediately available to play in the Fall and will travel to Lubbock after his graduation in May. His two-years of play and one year of redshirt allow Coach Wells to utilize McPhearson for two years on the Red Raider squad. Zech is the second defensive back to sign with Tech within a week, following the Dequanteous Watts’ commit last Tuesday - bringing Coach Wells’ defensive back recruitment to four. Welcome to the family, Zech! (the scarlet and black suit you)