Once a Penn State verbal pledge, Anderson-Butts to go junior college route

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Harrisburg High School's Shaquon Anderson-Butts won't be joining Penn State's 2018 class after all.

The three-star wide receiver/athlete who gave the Nittany Lions his verbal pledge in July will instead go the junior college route, joining Iowa Western Community College. The Reivers, a junior college powerhouse, tweeted out a picture of a locker with Anderson-Butts' name on it Wednesday afternoon, thus ending months of speculation about whether or not he'd be an academic qualifier at Penn State.

Anderson-Butts was high school teammates with Penn State January enrollee Micah Parsons and also Penn State defensive lineman Damion Barber. Barber, who signed with the Nittany Lions last February, didn't arrive on campus until camp started after wrapping up an academic issue at Harrisburg High School last summer. Barber took a redshirt last season.

The loss of Anderson-Butts certainly doesn't come as a surprise for the Nittany Lions who are waiting on wide receiver Solomon Enis and offensive tackle Rasheed Walker to make their college choices this afternoon. Walker should announce around noon now while Enis is set to decide around 1 p.m.

Without Anderson-Butts the Lions' 2018 class has 21 members, including three other wide receiver signees. James Franklin will meet with the media at 3:15 p.m. to discuss the final pieces in the 2018 class and will be followed by new running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider and new wide receivers coach David Corley.

Penn State's snow day forced the Lions to cancel their plans of having a live streaming signing day show that would take place in the HUB. Franklin and the assistants will now address reporters on a teleconference.

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