The first domino to fall as a result of Pat Chambers stepping down from his position as the head coach of the Penn State Men's Basketball team has fallen as 2021 power forward Taquan Woodley has backed off of his pledge to play for the Nittany Lions, according to his Instagram page.
Woodley's note reads as follows.
"After giving it considerable thought, I have decided to reopen my college recruitment process. Please consider this correspondence official notification that I am no longer committed to play college basketball at Penn State University. The recent resignation of Pat Chambers from his position as Penn State's Men's Basketball Head Coach is the primary reason for this decision. I have gotten to know Coach chambers very well and looked forward to playing for him at Penn State. I want to thank Coach Chambers and his assistant Keith Urgo for the tremendous support and encouragement they provided as I initially went through the recruitment process. While I remain open t considering Penn State University, the uncertainty surrounding the coaching staff has led me to conclude that I need to consider the full range of options available to me at this time. Currently, my recruitment is wide open. I would like to hear from any coaches and programs that feel I can make a significant contribution as a student and a basketball athlete."
As Woodley clearly lays out, Chambers' resignation was the driving force behind his decision to back down from his pledge. He notes that he will continue to consider Penn State, but it sounds as if a re-commitment is very unlikely.
Woodley was one of three members of the 2020 recruiting class which also included three-star prospects Elijah Hutchins-Evertt and Houston Mallette. As of right now, Hutchins-Everett and Mallette remain committed to Penn State, but it would hardly be surprising to see them follow suit and reconsider their options at this point.
Roar Lions Roar will keep you updated with any further developments.