Two local recruits haven't changed minds about Penn State ..... Nittany Lions might be "no no" for Spence

Written by Mike White on .

South Allegheny tight end Jesse James committed to Penn State in the spring and the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal hasn't dissuaded him from the Nittany Lions.

James said tonight that he still plans to graduate early from South Allegheny and will be enrolled at Penn State for the spring semester.

Shaler's J.P. Holtz is another Penn State recruit from the WPIAL class of 2012 and said he is still 100 percent committed to Penn State. But Holtz also said he will wait to see what will happen at Penn State in the near future. Of course, that's about what you'd expect any recruit to say. There isn't much else for them to say right now, is there? You can bet they will feel differently, though, if something happens to the coaching staff.

Meanwhile, a potential Penn State recruit "tweeted" this afternoon that the Sandusky cause could push him away from the Nittany Lions. Defensive end Noah Spence of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg is ranked among the top 20 players in the country. He "tweeted" today, "Um psu might be a no no for me ewwww."

That is not good news for Penn State.

But really, what kind of effect the Sandusky case will have on recruiting probably won't be known for a while yet. You can bet many players are like Holtz, taking a wait-and-see approach.


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