Penn State Sandusky scandal may affect incoming recruits


View Photo Gallery: The still-unraveling Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State could affect the Nittany Lions recruiting efforts for 2012 and beyond.

As the scandal involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky continues to make waves, the drama in Happy Valley is starting to impact incoming Nittany Lions recruits.

For players who are often hounded by assistant coaches, boosters, students and fans through social media outlets during their decision-making process, the attention is beginning to shift their way once more .

Now instead of Nittany Lions supporters begging high school seniors to come to Penn State, they’re begging them not to change their minds and go elsewhere in the wake of the scandal.

Noah Spence, currently ranked No. 4 in the ESPNU 150 for 2012 recruits has yet to commit, and may now look elsewhere.

Um psu might be a no no for me ewwwwMon Nov 07 20:11:35 via Twitter for AndroidNoah Spence
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After a Penn State fan tweeted back at Spence saying it would be his loss, Spence elaborated.

@magic_of_macy i kind of just dnt want to be apart of thatMon Nov 07 20:26:59 via Twitter for AndroidNoah Spence
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DeMatha senior defensive end Brent Wilkerson, who has committed to Penn State, responded to a flood of tweets questioning his status with the school with one fell swoop.

Mane I’m a 100% Penn State so stop asking!!Mon Nov 07 16:34:25 via Twitter for iPhoneBrent wilkerson
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Two Pittsburgh-area recruits are also sticking with their decision. South Allegheny tight end Jesse James and Shaler Area tight end J.P. Holtz have not changed their minds about playing football at Penn State despite the ongoing scandal, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. But Holtz did say that he would “wait to see what happens at Penn State in the near future.”

Catholic Memorial (Mass.) defensive back Armani Reeves also plans to honor his commitment.

Jus so everyone knows ima #Nittanylion no if and or but !Tue Nov 08 02:11:39 via webArmani Reeves
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And Howland (Ohio) offensive lineman Anthony Stanko’s Twitter handle — @PennStateStanko — seems to indicate he’s still on board with the Nittany Lions.

But as more details about Sandusky’s alleged sexual abuse of young boys hit the airwaves and Penn State’s response remains under the microscope, the 16 current recruits — and those still considering their options — will no doubt have plenty to think about.

More coverage of Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky scandal from The Washington Post:

John Feinstein: Penn State scandal threatens one of sports’ greatest legacies

Eugene Robinson: Where was the leadership?

Box Seats: In wake of Sandusky scandal, Joe Paterno must go

Hard Hits: Jerry Sandusky news shocks former player LaVar Arrington

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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