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Four-star safety changes his mind

It was expected for more than a week, but Penn State’s 2017 football recruiting class is one verbal commitment smaller today.

Derrek Pitts, the four-star safety from West Virginia, announced on social media Monday that he no longer was pledged to the Nittany Lions.

“I would like (to thank) Coach Franklin and his staff for giving me the opportunity to be committed to Penn State University which is a great program but I would like to re-open my Recruitment and explore my other options,” Pitts posted in a note on his Twitter account.

Pitts was in Morgantown for West Virginia’s game on Saturday, but there had been smoke signals for a week that he probably wouldn’t be a member of Penn State’s group of recruits. The exact reasons Pitts changed his mind are unknown, but, according to Lions247’s Sean Fitz, the second thoughts were generated on the player’s side of things and not the program’s.

Although he said at the time he still intended to take all of his official visits, Pitts actually moved up his commitment press conference date to announce his selection of Penn State on July 27 after he attended the Lasch Basch 11 days earlier. Penn State now has 14 recruits committed, with increasing speculation that it might also lose North Carolina linebacker Brelin Faison-Walden, who was at Michigan for the Wolverines’ win over Wisconsin on Saturday.

– Philip Cmor