- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Zayd Issah is no longer a Nittany Lion.
After two weeks of questions revolving around his re-opened recruitment, Issah clarified Friday night that he recently informed Penn State's coaches of his decommitment.
"They definitely understood," Issah said. "Coach [Larry] Johnson said because you're so forthcoming and honest and upfront and told us like a man, we know we're recruiting the right guy so you're still our No. 1."
Issah becomes the fifth Penn State player to decommit since the NCAA hammered the school with sanctions July 23. The Nittany Lions are now down to just nine commitments.
The three-star Central Dauphin athlete said it's possible he could still wind up in Happy Valley -- he said he'd sign there now if tomorrow was the deadline -- but wanted to explore other schools as if it were Day 1. He plans to fly to Oregon for an official visit and also mentioned Arizona State and Miami (Fla.) as possible destinations.
He doesn't yet have an offer from the Hurricanes but said interest has picked up. He hopes to attend another Penn State game but wasn't yet sure if he wanted to use an official visit on a school less than a two-hour drive from home.
"They could still be able to have a good season and stick together as a family and be a great team," Issah said. "I just wanted to be able to decommit and, while I'm waiting for that to play out and see what my next move would be there, I would like to explore some other options, too."
But if Issah hasn't yet impressed colleges with his film, it might be more difficult to make an impression. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete was suspended Friday for an indefinite period of time for "team reasons," according to athletic director John Confer.
Confer said Issah would not miss the entire season but declined specify how long the suspension might last. Issah also declined to comment, saying only that he found out about the suspension shortly after arriving at Landis Field on Friday.
"I just have to play it by ear and figure out what I'm going to do next," Issah said about his recruitment.
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