Penn State commit Dorian Hardy was punched in face by high school coach, father says

One of Penn State’s top 2018 recruits was reportedly involved in a post-practice brawl at his high school and was allegedly punched by an assistant coach. The father of Dorian Hardy told NJ.com that his son was punched twice in the face by a Paramus Catholic coach during an altercation after a practice last week.

Hardy, a defensive end, is a 4-star recruit and considered the No. 174 player in the 2018 class in the 247Sports composite rankings. He committed to Penn State in June.

The NJ.com report details accounts from Hardy’s father, Charles, and that of a police report filed about the incident. Four players and an assistant coach identified by NJ.com as Michael Mitchell were involved in the incident.

Charles Hardy’s account of the altercation differs from the narrative described by Paramus police. The physical altercation began around 5:24 p.m. when a player believed to be Dorian Hardy started to pull on another player’s jersey, records say. A teacher intervened in the hallway and broke up the fight, but it continued outside, prompting two other players and Mitchell to join in, the report said.

The fight was broken up by 5:27 p.m., according to the report.

A 14-year-old player involved in the fight had visible swelling to his face, the report stated. It also said that Mitchell “became involved in the altercation,” but it did not say he threw punches.

No charges have been filed at this point, police said.

A father of another player involved also said that Dorian Hardy was punched twice by the coach. Hardy has left Paramus Catholic after the brawl, according to the report.

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