For Penn State Football, the hits just keep on coming
For the Penn State Football faithful, Happy Valley managed to get even sadder this past week as 4-star stud offensive tackle, Dorian Johnson, has decided that he will decommit from the Nittany Lions. This is yet another gut busting blow to the Penn State program as it continues its downward spiral in wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal that has placed an entire region under a dark, dreadful cloud.
The NCAA came down hard on Penn State football last month after Sandusky was convicted of molesting young boys on the Penn State campus. Matters were further complicated when it was revealed that the once beyond-reproach head coach, the late Joe Paterno, not only knew about what was happening on campus, but that he aided in the cover up. Realizing that all eyes were now on them, the NCAA levied major sanctions against Penn State that included $60 million dollars, limited scholarships, and, what might have made up the Pennsylvania native’s mind to do a 180, a 4-year ban from any post season for the university.
Johnson, the #2 nationally ranked offensive tackle overall, has not made up his mind as to where he will bring his hulking 6’6″, 285 lb. frame. It has been stated that Johnson passed on Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Ohio State to become a Lion. Dorian will most likely now circle back with Ohio State, Pitt, and even Virginia Tech to become part of either school’s 2013 recruiting class.
Still, one has to think that Johnson’s heart remains in the Keystone State. The Big East Pittsburgh Panthers (final year before they move conferences) will have the inside advantage in the Dorian Johnson sweepstakes and could have Johnson on their side of the ball when they play their first ACC game in 2013.
Regardless of who wins, one things is for sure. Penn State loses…..again.