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Joey O'Connor decommits from Penn St.

Updated: November 11, 2011, 1:12 AM ET
By Jared Shanker | RecruitingNation

Penn State suffered its first decommitment since the firing of coach Joe Paterno when ESPNU 150 offensive tackle Joey O'Connor of Windsor, Colo., backed away from his pledge Thursday evening.

O'Connor, a four-star recruit that was the top prospect in the Nittany Lions' class, called the Penn State staff to let it know it was no longer in his "best interest considering the scandal and uncertainty surrounding the program."

"It was a definitely a decision I had to make," O'Connor ...

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