By Bill Carey
July 30, 2012

Penn State safety Tim Buckley will transfer to N.C. State, becoming the first player to leave the Nittany Lions since the NCAA announced sanctions against the team, reports the News & Observer's Joe Giglio.

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Buckley redshirted last season for the Nittany Lions. He will be able to play immediately and have four years of eligibility left.

Giglio reports that Buckley, a Raleigh native, was recruited by N.C. State out of high school but decided to walk-on at Penn State, ultimately earning a scholarship. Buckley will likely be a backup for the Wolfpack, who return both of their starting safeties, Giglio reports.

is reportedly leaning toward transferring to USC

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