Despite the fact that Penn State University football has moved on from its Jerry Sandusky related sanctions, the scandal won’t ever go away. Just this past week, three former PSU administrators were sentenced to jail.
Even though the scandal is still playing out in public, the football team seems to be doing just fine. This past season, the Nittany Lions went 10-2 during the regular season before winning the Big 10 Championship game and losing in the Rose Bowl to USC.
With their success in recent years on the gridiron, Penn State has been able to recruit well. And until Tuesday, they had the top dual-threat quarterback recruit and No. 2 quarterback overall in the Class of 2018 according to 247 Sports.
Justin Fields announced on Twitter he was decommitting from Penn State:
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) June 7, 2017
Fields is the No. 4 recruit overall and No. 2 quarterback in ESPN’s Top 300 for the Class of 2018. Trevor Lawrence is a Clemson recruit who is ranked one spot ahead of Fields on the ESPN Top 300 list and is also the top quarterback overall on 247 Sports’ rankings.
Both ESPN and 247 Sports have Fields as a five-star recruit and the top dual-threat QB in the class. According to Bruce Feldman, Fields is now looking at Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, and North Carolina as possible destinations.
Big recruiting news. Arguably nation's top QB recruit. Smart & very gifted. Told me Sunday AUB, UF, UGA, FSU & UNC have been in hot pursuit https://t.co/1aGeUA3ALq
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 7, 2017
According to his player page on ESPN, Fields has received offers from the following schools in alphabetical order: Appalachian State, Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.
Due to Fields’ decommitment, running back Ricky Slade is the Nittany Lions’ top rated recruit in the ESPN Top 300, coming in at #17 overall. Penn State does have an offer out to Eyabi Anoma, the top unsigned recruit in the class according to ESPN( No. 2 overall and a defensive end).