The appeal of playing in his home state for a storied program outweighed the appeal of playing for a different one hundreds of miles away.
Penn State lost linebacker recruit Jared Wangler on Friday when Wangler withdrew his commitment and flipped to the Michigan Wolverines.
“After talking it over with my family and coaches, I’ve decided that I am (SIC) decommitting from Penn State,” Wangler tweeted.
He followed that up with another tweet: “I have decided to commit to the University of Michigan!!!”
Multiple recruiting services reported the Wolverines offered Wangler a scholarship last week. Wangler, a senior at De La Salle Collegiate in Warren, Mich., is the son of former Michigan quarterback John Wangler — one of the most prolific passers in Wolverine history.
Jared Wangler originally committed to Penn State in early May.
Rated as a three-star recruit by 24/7 Sports, Wangler was one of two linebackers in Penn State’s current recruiting class. His change of mind leaves the Nittany Lions with 12 commits in the 2014 class. Three-star prospect Troy Reeder of Salesianum School (Wilmington, Del.) remains as the only linebacker in the class.
Penn State, low on experienced linebackers, brought in only one linebacker — Brandon Bell — in the 2013 class.