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Five-star 2018 quarterback Justin Fields decommits from Penn State

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Five-star 2018 quarterback Justin Fields has decommitted from Penn State.

Fields — the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and No. 6 overall player in the country, per 247 Sports — re-opened his recruitment on Tuesday night with a statement on Twitter.

“This is probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Fields wrote. “... My decision to re-open my recruitment is in no way a reflection of any deficiencies of PSU, its coaches, players or fans.”

Fields also said Penn State “will remain one of the top schools” he will consider.

The loss hurts the Nittany Lions’ 2018 class ranking. With 12 players committed, Penn State dropped from No. 2 to 5 on 247 Sports’ list.

Fields is a rising star in the recruiting world. The Georgia native was a four-star prospect when he committed to James Franklin and the Nittany Lions back in December.

Now, the 6-foot-3 passer will be among the Elite 11 at The Opening, an invite-only camp in July — and he’s received plenty of interest from other schools since committing to Penn State. Alabama, Texas, Oregon, Florida and Florida State offered Fields in recent months.

Per 247 Sports’ timeline, Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis visited Fields on May 9 and 19, but apparently that wasn’t enough to keep him committed.

Fields is the second big-name recruit to decommit from Penn State recently. Five-star defensive end and Harrisburg product Micah Parsons re-opened his recruitment on April 23, that day after the Blue-White Game.

John McGonigal: 814-231-4630, @jmcgonigal9

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