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Overheard On Twitter: Justin Fields’ Decommitment

For the second time in less than two months, Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class took a blow as its highest ranked recruit decommited.

On Tuesday night, quarterback Justin Fields, who last week was ranked as the second best player in the nation, tweeted that he was reopening his recruitment. On April 24, defensive end Micah Parsons announced on Twitter that he would be going back on his verbal commitment to Penn State, the result of months of speculation that Ohio State had been poaching on him. 

Much like the hours after Parsons’ decommitment, the Twitter fingers were as furious as ever on Tuesday night with fans from across the country and fellow recruits weighing in with their takes, which varied in both opinion and intelligence.

Fellow Players

When Parson decommitted, he at least gave everyone a fair warning that he was reopening his recruitment by conspicuously tweeting that he had a big announcement to make. Fields however took the Internet and his once future teammates by surprise with his tweet, which some players voiced pretty bluntly.

In general, Fields seemed to elicit a better response from the Nittany Lions’ other commits than Parsons did.

The incoming freshman lineman, who flipped from Florida to Penn State before signing in February, also insightfully weighed in on Parsons’ recommitment with better understanding than most others about the thought that goes into selecting a final destination for college football.

Hansard didn’t however waste much time before throwing some shade by @ing the new heir apparent to Trace McSorley’s starting job, incoming freshman Sean Clifford, and tactfully including a goat emoji in the quote tweet. Clifford did not tweet anything on Tuesday night.

Unsurprisingly, Micah Parson approved of Fields’ decision.

Quite a few of Penn State’s targets for 2018 also reacted with disappointment on Tuesday night. Losing such a highly touted quarterback could be detrimental for the Nittany Lions, especially in recruiting offensive weapons like Dotson and Anderson-Butts who were likely attracted to Penn State with hopes of playing with Fields under center.

James Franklin

By including “commits” in his usual uplifting message. James Franklin may or may not have shown that subtweeting is not reserved just for teenagers going through breakups. The quote from Gandhi was a good way to mask his raw emotion, but I think we all would have preferred something from Mike Posner’s “Baby, Please Don’t Go.”

Sometimes, you just need to let it out all out, James.

Penn State Fans (Sigh)

The movies don’t lie. It’s always the high school football player who’ll leave your heart broken.

Penn State may no longer have the nation’s best quarterback commit, but it sure does have a whole lot of moxie. And sometimes, that’s what you need to get through a time like this.

If it didn’t violate NCAA recruiting violations, I’m sure James Franklin would love to quote tweet this with #WeAre #107kStrong to get the ball rolling on this campaign.

Penn State fans should feel two things right now: 1) hopeful 2) skeptical that they know/care what a 17-year old kid was wearing to school.

Tweeting at recruits- it happens to the best of us. When it does, just do a better job of covering it up than Dan.

Other Fans (Bigger Sigh)

Nah, fam.

Honest? As in the academic policy for UNC’s athletes?

That bees are dying at an alarming rate?

Ask Tim Tebow, Nick Marshall, Greg McElroy, , Johnny Manziel, Zach Mettenberger, AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray,  and Ryan Mallett about the SEC maximizing NFL potential.

**Editor’s note- Yes, we know that Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, and Matt Stafford all exist.

One Way To Cheer Up

June 6, 2017 will not stand as a completely horrible day in Penn State history. Sports Illustrated tweeted out this hilarious little girl and will hopefully reduce that Justin Fields-induced sob to watery eyes and a runny nose.

About the Author

Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is Onward State’s Social Media Manager, a preferred walk-on honors student, and a junior majoring in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. Feel free to follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter and email him at [email protected] to hear the story or if you’re bored and want to chat.


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