Tuesday wasn’t the best day in the history of Penn State recruiting. That’s the most positive way to put it.
News came in the afternoon that three star athlete/linebacker Zach Bradshaw had withdrawn his verbal commitment to Penn State. Zach became the third member of the 2013 class to decommit since the sanctions were handed out by NCAA president Mark Emmert. Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times later reported that Bradshaw had committed to Virginia after speaking with O’Brien.
While the loss of a dynamic player like Bradshaw shouldn’t be overlooked, Penn State currently has two other linebackers committed to the 2013 class in Zayd Issah and Brandon Bell. With the scholarship limitations that PSU is facing, they may longer be interested in taking three linebackers in this class. If they are, options like Al-Rasheed Benton and Buddy Bell may still be available.
The big blow came this evening when news broke that top offensive tackle, Dorian Johnson, has also decommitted from the Nittany Lions. Dorian was one of the best players in the class and is probably the top recruit that O’Brien and staff have lost since the Freeh Report was released. The current class now stands at nine players, four of whom are from Pennsylvania.
Before committing to Penn State, Johnson had narrowed down his choices to Ohio State, West Virginia, Pitt and PSU. From the sounds of it, Virginia Tech is now a player to land the four star talent.
The loss of Dorian Johnson leaves OG Brendan Mahon and OT Andrew Nelson as the only two offensive linemen committed to Penn State. I would imagine that the staff will begin casting the net back out to gauge interest from other offensive tackles that they previously had relationships with. Dorian will be very hard to replace.
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