Longtime Penn State commit Shaquon Anderson-Butts will not officially join the 2018 Nittany Lions recruiting class on National Signing Day. He will instead go the junior college route after months of speculation about his academic standing.
Anderson-Butts will attend Iowa Western Community College. The program tweeted his addition Wednesday morning, listing him as an incoming defensive back:
Welcome to the Reiver Family!
Harrisburg High School
Harrisburg, PA pic.twitter.com/hIICTxKLqs
— IWCC Reiver Football (@ReiverFootball) February 7, 2018
The strong likelihood of him landing elsewhere was first reported Monday evening by Ryan Snyder of Blue White Illustrated. Snyder cited the wide receiver’s academic eligibility as the cause, noting that Anderson-Butts used an official visit at Marshall last weekend in preparation for pursuing an alternate collegiate course.
His decision to move forward with Iowa Western Community College was confirmed by Sean Fitz of 247Sports.
Anderson-Butts, from Harrisburg (Pa.) High School, was the only Nittany Lions commit who didn’t send in a national letter of intent during the early signing period in December.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect pledged to Penn State on July 15 while on campus for Lasch Bash barbecue festivities. He was one of two receivers who committed that weekend, along with Daniel George of Maryland.
George was among three blue-chip prospects at the position who signed with Penn State in December. He was joined by fellow 4-star recruit Jahan Dotson and 5-star talent Justin Shorter, who is considered the No. 1 receiver in 247Sports 2018 composite rankings.
Anderson-Butts, listed No. 533 overall in composite rankings, landed a Nittany Lions scholarship offer in July 2015. A close friend and high school teammate of 5-star Penn State linebacker signee Micah Parsons, he played an instrumental role in peer-recruiting efforts this cycle.
Anderson-Butts consistently expressed optimism Parsons would rejoin the Nittany Lions class in the aftermath of the latter’s April 23 de-commitment. His enthusiasm for Penn State and a potential future there makes this development difficult to digest, though these instances occur across college football every Signing Day and he’ll have a chance to rebound from the experience.
Land of 10 caught up with Anderson-Butts last month in Orlando, Fla., during Under Armour All-America Game preparation. At the time, he explained that necessary testing was completed and a Feb. 7 signing awaited. Unfortunately, this intention ultimately didn’t come to fruition.
Anderson-Butts helped lead Harrisburg to an unbeaten regular season in 2017. He caught 31 passes for 546 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, according to MaxPreps.