By Annie Ross

Justin Fields, the No. 1-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the ESPN 300, has decommitted from Penn State.

The No. 4-ranked prospect overall had been committed to the Nittany Lions since December but has reopened his recruitment.

Fields released a statement via Twitter announcing the decision and said it was one of the hardest decisions he has had to make.

“My decision to reopen my recruitment is in no way a reflection of any deficiencies of PSU, its coaches, players or fans,” Fields said. “I still believe that PSU is a great academic and athletic opportunity for any student athlete and it will remain one of the top schools that I would consider.”

Fields is the second five-star prospect to decommit from this 2018 Penn State class, joining defensive lineman Micah Parsons, who decommitted in April.

Before the decommitment, Penn State had the No. 4-ranked recruiting class behind Miami, Ohio State and LSU. The Nittany Lions now have 12 total commitments and seven ESPN 300 commitments remaining.

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