In not the most shocking, but certainly out-of-left-field news, Ryan Snyder of BWI is reporting that four-star defensive tackle commit, Karamo Dioubate has backed out of his commitment to Penn State.
Dioubate, who originally committed to Penn State back in mid-August, is currently ranked as the No. 18 defensive tackle in the country and No. 5 player in Pennsylvania, according to the 247Composite rankings. Dioubate hasn't been able to take too many visits due to travel limitations, but was able to make it down for a visit to Auburn in mid-December. By all accounts, said visit went very well, and could be one of the driving forces behind this decision. Dioubate is also scheduled to visit Michigan State on the weekend of January 22nd.
There hasn't been any word yet as to the reasoning behind the decision, and whether or not Penn State remains a possible option for the big-time defensive tackle.
Dioubate is the third player to back out of their commitment in the 2016 class, after Christian Colon did so in late-October (although that decision seems to have been one that was made for him, due to some academic concerns) and Lavert Hill did so in late-November. Before anyone starts to get upset, just understand that this will continue to happen to Penn State as they start to recruit higher and higher-level talent. It's not an indictment on the staff, rather a situation of buyer's remorse, as is known to happen when it comes to dealing with high school kids that have limitless options available to them for school.
We will update you on Dioubate's situation as it becomes more clear. As a result, Penn State's class ranking dropped to No. 13 in the 247Sports rankings. The Nittany Lions now hold just two commitments from defensive tackles in 2016 (Ellison Jordan and Michal Dwumfour).