Four-star wide receiver Dont’e Thornton was a big recruiting win for Penn State football. Back in February, he became the first member of the Nittany Lions’ 2021 class.
He attended junior day at Penn State on February 2. James Franklin and its staff landed his commitment that same weekend.
Of course, he is only entering his junior season, so there is plenty of time for things to change before he needs to sign. Unfortunately for Penn State, he is taking an understandable step back in the process.
This afternoon, Dont’e Thornton announced his decommitment from Penn State football.
He made the announcement on Twitter. He confirms that Penn State will remain “in the picture,” but he’s going to look at other options as well.
— “The Real Joker🃏🤷🏽♂️” (@dontethorntonjr) August 1, 2019
With Thornton in the mix, Penn State had the No. 14 class in the 2021 cycle. That will take a big slide once 247Sports updates things.
He was one of two members of the class so far, joined by four-star Florida tight end Nick Elksnis, who committed on Wednesday.
Since committing to PSU, Thornton has been back a few more times. He’s also taken trips to West Virginia and, most recently, Tennessee, per his 247 timeline. Other programs that have offered include Michigan, Ohio State, and Oregon. He’ll have plenty of big suitors, whether his heart remains with Penn State in the end or not.
Thornton is the No. 38 player in the 2021 class. The Maryland native is ranked No. 2 in the state and fourth among 2021 wide receivers.