Maryland defensive end Neeo Avery has decided to re-open his recruitment and de-commit from Penn State’s 2023 recruiting class.
The four-star recruit from Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland originally gave a verbal commitment to Penn State New Year’s Eve. Avery announced his news on Twitter Sunday morning with this statement.
“I just want to start this off by saying thank you to the whole Penn State staff for taking a chance on me and giving me an opportunity to play ball at the next level. For that, I can’t thank y’all enough and this decision that my family and I have come to, this has been very hard. But that being said, I will be de-committing and my recruitment is 100% back open.”
This decision has gotten the early attention of a number of programs because minutes after de-committing, Avery has picked up new offers from USC, Miami, UConn, North Carolina, Louisville and Jackson State. When committing to Penn State, Avery held offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pitt and Virgina Tech.
247 Sports has Avery rated as the No. 12 junior defensive end and the No. 126 overall player in the Class of 2023.
The Nittany Lions’ Class of 2023 now stands at seven commitments, with six of these coming on the offensive side of the ball (four offensive lineman and two tight ends). The lone defensive player at this point is four-star cornerback Lamont Payne.
Penn State’s Class of 2023
Alex Birchmeier, four-star OL (Ashburn, Virginia)
Mathias Barnwell, four-star TE (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
Joey Schlaffer, three-star TE (Reading, Pennsylvania)
Joshua Miller, three-star OL (Chester, Virginia)
Anthony Donkoh, three-star OL (Aldie, Virginia)
Jven Williams, four-star OL (Wyomissing, Pennsylvania)
Lamont Payne, four-star CB (Bridgeville, Pennsylvania)