In the wake of the NCAA sanctioning Penn State on Monday morning, it did not take long for the expected fallout to begin, as far as recruits go. Ohio CB Ross Douglas was the first to react, decommitting from Penn State at around 10:00 on Monday morning. He visited Nebraska this past weekend and has a visit scheduled with Wisconsin later this week. Following him, things got kind of quiet.
The staff scrambled to contact the class that remained, hoping to secure as many of them as possible before the fallout became too great. They did a pretty fine job. DE Garrett Sickels and OG Brendan Mahon have both said that they are remaining solidly committed to Penn State, calling themselves a “package deal.” Sickels stated on Facebook, “I am here to stay. We Are.”
In another Facebook thread, a Notre Dame fan questioned his decision on why he would remain committed at time like this. Sickels response? “Because it’s still Penn State.”
Adam Breneman, one of the leaders of the class and the top tight end of 2013, later re-affirmed his commitment. Adam cited that the fans and coach O’Brien, two of the biggest reasons that he chose Penn State, still remain. He has stated that he and his family have some decisions to make, but for the time being, Adam is still a Nittany Lion.
That decision could hinge on the announcement from QB Christian Hackenberg, who is very close with Breneman. Christian spent most of Monday morning traveling home from the Elite 11 competition in California. If Christian remains on board, it will only strengthen Adam’s commitment and really gives this class, and this team going forward, a shot.
Florida DB Neiko Robinson also told Lions247 that he remains committed to Penn State, “for now.” Remember, those words aren’t necessarily a bad thing. These kids have a lot on their plates and this is a lot of information to process. Many of them are likely looking to each other so see what the next move is.
DE Curtis Cothran declined to comment, saying no decision has been made yet. WR Will Fuller had a similar approach, telling me that he would be talking to his coach and parents soon, regarding his commitment to Penn State.
There are a lot of moving parts in this situation right now and we’ll know more by the end of the week, but the bottom hasn’t fallen out just yet.