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Four-Star Offensive Lineman Aaryn Parks Decommits From Penn State

Four-star offensive lineman Aaryn Parks became Penn State football’s second recruit to announce his decommitment from the Nittany Lions on Wednesday afternoon.

“I would like to thank the Penn State coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to commit to such a prestigious university,” Parks said on Twitter. “In a process of being a man, you have to make man-like decisions. … I feel as though I made my decision off of emotions and locked in too early without giving other universities an equal opportunity to recruit me.”

Parks, a 6’4″, 320-pound tackle, said Penn State will “continue to be a top choice on my list” and that his recruitment is “100% back open.” He initially committed to James Franklin’s program on April 29.

In addition to Parks, fellow four-star offensive lineman Grant Toutant decommitted from Penn State on June 9. Toutant, however, didn’t re-open his recruitment by instantly making a verbal pledge to Ohio State after leaving the Nittany Lions’ recruiting class of 2020.

Penn State’s recruiting class of 2020 now boasts four offensive linemen and is ranked No. 14 in the nation following Parks’ decision. Four-star prospect Olu Fashanu is still committed to the Nittany Lions along with three-stars RJ AdamsGolden Achumba, and Nick Dawkins.

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Mikey Mandarino

In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]


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