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4-Star DE Dorian Hardy No Longer Committed To Penn State After Controversy From School Fight

Four-star defensive end recruit Dorian Hardy is no longer enrolled at Paramus Catholic, and now his future with Penn State football is in question.

Hardy, who had committed to Penn State back in June, transferred from St. Joseph's Regional to Paramus Catholic, a New Jersey football power that recently produced Michigan stars Rashan Gary and Jabrill Peppers.

He was involved in a fight at the school last week, the details of which are being contended by those involved.

According to NJ.com's write-up of the incident, assistant coach Michael Mitchell, whose son is on the team and was involved in the fight, helped break it up.

Charles Hardy’s account of the altercation differs from the narrative described by Paramus police. The physical altercation began around 5:24 p.m. when a player believed to be Dorian Hardy started to pull on another player’s jersey, records say. A teacher intervened in the hallway and broke up the fight, but it continued outside, prompting two other players and Mitchell to join in, the report said.

The fight was broken up by 5:27 p.m., according to the report.

A 14-year-old player involved in the fight had visible swelling to his face, the report stated. It also said that Mitchell “became involved in the altercation,” but it did not say he threw punches.

Charles Hardy, Dorian Hardy's father, and Jonathan Strickland, the father of another player involved, both say that Mitchell punched the star defensive end in the face during the scuffle.

Hardy’s father, Charles Hardy, said his son “came to the aid” of a teammate who was hit with a helmet and dazed during the fight. Once the fight was broken up, Mitchell then “punched Dorian twice in the face,” Charles Hardy said.

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Clark’s father, Jonathan Strickland, said his son was trying to break up the fight when he was hit in the back with a helmet by a teammate.

Strickland also said Dorian Hardy was punched twice in the face by Mitchell.

In the article, Charles Hardy mentioned the possible scholarship ramifications that the players may face as a result. It is unclear if Penn State has pulled its offer from Hardy, but he is no longer committed to the program.

Hardy also has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Indiana, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and numerous others, but it is unclear what his status is, following the incident and his departure from Paramus Catholic.

Penn State now has 22 commitments. 247Sports has its recruiting class ranked No. 4 in the country, and No. 2 in the Big Ten.

[NJ.com]