Fagnano's brother, Jacob Fagnano, is a senior safety for the Nittany Lions. Fagnano, a preferred walk-on, initially thought about transferring early from Akron in August when he was not invited to preseason camp. He said about his decision to transfer to Penn State:
"I wouldn't say it was an easy decision because I liked Akron, I fit up there," Jared said. "But it was an easy decision in the sense I could play at Penn State and play with my brother. That's always kind of been a dream for me, just to be on Penn State. I was real excited when I found out I had that opportunity."
Fagnano will have to sit out a season before he is eligible to play for Penn State. He will not have a scholarship this season but will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Many players have transferred from Penn State after the program was hit with sanctions due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but now that scandal has opened a possible opportunity for Jared Fagnano. Of course, it would be the mark of an enormous change at Penn State if they were to actually use a player who didn't make it at Akron. This isn't a scholarship situation, though, so it might just be a favor.
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