Penn State loses pledge from OT out of Florida in 2024 recruiting class
Penn State is working on the 2024 recruiting class, but the Nittany Lions lost one commitment for the cycle Thursday evening.
The player is Deryc Plazz, a 3-star offensive tackle out of Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Plazz was on campus for an official visit on June 2 and soon committed to the Nittany Lions on June 4. Unfortunately, that commitment lasted 11 days with Plazz writing a note to confirm he is reopening his recruitment.
In Plazz’s note, he admitted to rushing a decision with his commitment and felt the need to backtrack and take some time in the process:
Dear Penn State,
I want to express my deepest gratitude for the warm welcome and the opportunity you extended to me to be a part of your family. It meant the world to me.
However, upon reflection, I have come to realize that I rushed into this decision without giving it the careful consideration it deserves. Choosing the right path for my future and my family is of utmost importance, and I feel it is necessary to take a step back at this time.
I want to emphasize that this decision and is not a reflection of any shortcomings on your part. Your program is outstanding, and the support and belief you have shown in me have been truly remarkable.
— Deryc Plazz (@DerycPlazz) June 15, 2023
Listed as a 6-foot-5 and 265-pound lineman, Plazz is rated as a 3-star recruit for the 2024 recruiting class. The 247 Sports Composite also rates Plazz as the 81st OT in the country. Plazz holds offers from NC State, Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Florida State, Kentucky, Miami, Virginia Tech and others.
What’s next for Penn State?
While losing any prospect hurts, the outlook for the 2024 recruiting class of the Nittany Lions is positive. Penn State’s recruiting class currently ranks 7th nationally per the 247 Sports Team Composite and includes a pair of OT commitments, including 4-star OT Garrett Sexton out of Wisconsin.