In the midst of the hazing scandal that has rocked Sayreville War Memorial High School’s (NJ) football team, Penn State has decided to revoke its scholarship offer to Myles Hartsfield, a three-star recruit at the school who committed to Penn State in June.
Hartsfield, a running back and defensive back at Sayreville, has been linked to the scandal, which has forced the high school to cancel its season this month following allegations of hazing and sexual assault.
Seven players on Sayreville’s team have been charged in relation to the alleged hazing of four students over a span of 10 days in September. One of incidents has reportedly involved anal sexual attacks, according to NJ.com.
Police have not released the names of the seven juveniles, ages 15 to 17, who were placed in custody over the weekend in connection with the hazing. However, police were seen at Hartfield’s residence Friday night, shortly before the announcement of formal chargers against the teenagers.
Three of the seven minors were arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint, aggravated criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual contact, and hazing for engaging in an act of sexual penetration upon one of the juvenile victims. The other four are being charged with various counts including aggravated assault, aggravated sexual contact, conspiracy, hazing and riot by participating in the attack of the remaining victims. The seven students have been suspended from the school.
Hartsfield has not been directly connected to any charge, but Penn State decided to cut ties with him despite that fact that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. With that said, the university or the football program does not need this type of attention with its 2015 recruiting class and does not want to be associated with a player who may have been involved in such acts.
Before he verbally committed to the Nittany Lions, Hartsfield held offers from Georgia Tech, Old Dominion, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Temple, Syracuse, Wake Forest and West Virginia as the No. 6 rated prospect in the state of New Jersey.
He planned to sign his National Letter of Intent to Penn State on National Signing Day in the coming months.
With the loss of Hartsfield, Penn State’s 2015 recruiting class dropped one spot to No. 10 in the country, according to 247sports.com.
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