Dorian Hardy is no longer part of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. Hardy was involved in a post-practice brawl at Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, N.J.) last week and has been in the middle of a controversy stemming from the altercation this week.
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Hardy has left Paramus Catholic since he was involved in a brawl after a practice last Friday with three other players and one assistant coach. Hardy’s father, Charles, claimed that his son was punched in the face twice by an assistant coach.
That coach, Michael Mitchell, is also the father of a different player involved in the scuffle. Mitchell said that Hardy and another player “tried to kill” his son. He said he has been fired from his coaching position.
NJ.com has had detailed accounts of the incident, and the outlet also spoke with Hardy’s mother, who said that her son’s “scholarship was in jeopardy.” It seems she was referencing his offer from Penn State, which appears to have been pulled after the controversy.
Penn State’s 2018 class still sits at 22 players without Hardy and is ranked No. 4 in the nation.