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Former 4-Star LB Recruit, Starter Won't Play In 2018

View of the Beaver stadium.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

A key part of the Penn State program won't be with the team as the Nittany Lions take the field in 2018. Linebacker Manny Bowen announced he plans to focus on academics this fall, and won't be a part of the Penn State football program.

Earlier this week, Penn State announced Bowen was no longer on the team. Tuesday night, Bowen added context to the statement.

Bowen took to Twitter to reveal it was his decision to not play for the program this season.

"After long thought and consideration I will not be returning to the football program for this upcoming season. Ultimately I have decided that it is best for me to focus on academics full time this semester to accomplish graduating and receiving my degree," Bowen said in a statement.

The former 4-star linebacker was the No. 19 linebacker recruit in the 2015 class and the No. 6 player from the state of New Jersey. Penn State dismissed Bowen before the Fiesta Bowl last season, but reinstated him for the 2018 season.

He'll now focus on academics instead.