Penn State junior tight end Kevin Haplea intends to transfer to Florida State, said a source close to the situation, in the wake of NCAA sanctions handed down against the Nittany Lions.
Haplea, 6-foot-4, 248 pounds, played in every game last season and filled a big role in blocking for running back Silas Redd, who ran for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns during 2011 and is transferring to USC.
Haplea caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown last season. The No. 18 tight end in the 2010 recruiting class, Haplea (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) was a three-star prospect.
The junior will be eligible immediately upon joining the Seminoles. Haplea had not redshirted and will have three years to play two seasons for Florida State.
FSU lost two senior tight ends after last season. Nick O'Leary caught 12 passes for 164 yards as a freshman. Defensive lineman Dan Hicks moved to tight end during the offseason. The Seminoles have passed to tight ends more since Jimbo Fisher took over as head coach, with 12 catches by tight ends in 2009 and 21 last season.