Penn State tight end Kevin Haplea has left the program and will transfer to Florida State, the junior to be said on Tuesday evening. With a redshirt year still available, Haplea has three years to play his final two seasons of eligibility in Tallahassee.
Haplea will join the Seminoles for the 2012 season.
"It was unfortunate how everything had to play out but in the end, you have to do what is best for you in the long run," Haplea said in a prepared statement. "I was presented with some great situations at FSU and decided that Florida State was an opportunity that I could not pass up. I feel extremely comfortable with the program, the university and the coaching staff's direction for me on the field.
"I have nothing but respect for Coach O'Brien, the entire support staff, all the great fans and especially all the players. I wish nothing but the best of luck to them in the future, and am very excited to begin the rest of my academic and college football experience."
Haplea played in all 13 games as a sophomore, earning his lone start against Alabama. He caught three passes for 21 yards and caught a 2-yard touchdown pass against Iowa.
He appeared in 12 games as a true freshman in 2010, starting three of the final four games including the Outback Bowl against Florida. He caught three passes for 39 yards in his first season.
Haplea entered the spring as one of two tight ends with starting experience on the Penn State roster, but was listed second on the depth chart at the 'Y' position behind redshirt freshman to be Kyle Carter.
Following the transfer, Penn State is left with Carter, junior Garry Gilliam, who missed last season with a knee injury, sophomore Dakota Royer, early enrollee Jesse James and true freshman Brent Wilkerson on scholarship at tight end. Junior walk-on Matt Lehman and senior Brian Irvin are also listed on the depth chart at one of the two tight end positions.
Penn State has a commitment from 2013 tight end Adam Breneman, rated the No. 2 player at his position nationally.