2017 Safety Derrek Pitts Decommits From Penn State

Penn State’s 2017 recruiting class was hindered today as Derek Pitts announced his decommitment from the Nittany Lions.

Pitts, a Charleston, WV native, is ranked as a three-star athlete by ESPN, 247Sports, and Scout.

At 6’1″ and 180 lbs. with a 4.5 second 40-yard dash, Pitts is widely considered dynamic enough to play any position in the secondary. Most recruiting sites consider him the second best player in West Virginia and one of the most versatile defensive players in the Mid-Atlantic region for the 2017 recruiting cycle.

Prior to Pitts’ announcement today, Penn State’s 2017 recruiting class was ranked 23rd in the nation, according to 247Sports. Even with Pitts’ decommitment, the Nittany Lions still hold two verbal commitments from defensive backs — four-star Virginia safety Jonathan Sutherland and three-star Georgia cornerback D.J. Brown.

Although Pitts has re-opened his recruitment, it’s widely considered he’ll eventually commit to West Virginia. When Pitts committed to Penn State in July, his top schools in addition to the Nittany Lions and the Mountaineers were Tennessee, Florida, and Maryland.

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