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Penn State Football: 2013 Recruiting Class in Jeopardy Following NCAA Sanctions

by on July 23, 2012 10:40 AM

As the NCAA announced broad and unprecedented penalties against Penn State Monday, the 2013 recruiting class quickly began to weigh their options.

And Ross Douglas, a four-star defensive back from Avon, Ohio, announced he has decommitted.

His decommitment is the second for the Nittany Lions this week as Greg Webb, a four-star defensive tackle from Timber Creek High School in New Jersey, decommitted from Penn State and verbally committed to North Carolina Saturday.

Other big names in the recruiting class are holding tight. Fork Union, Va., quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Camp Hill, Pa., tight end Adam Breneman both talked to Penn State coach Bill O'Brien Sunday about their future with the program. Penn State still has 12 verbal commitments for 2013.

Breneman has stated that it would take considerable sanctions to cause him to leave the program while Hackenberg has admitted that he desires to play in a bowl game.

Neither prospect would offer up comment following the NCAA's press conference Monday morning, but Breneman's camp did issue this statement via twitter.

"We will not be making any comments regarding Penn State or Adam's recruitment at this time. Thank you. -Brian Breneman"

Penn State currently has the 16th-best recruiting class in the nation according to, a ranking that will likely change as recruits begin having difficult conversations with their coaches and families about their futures at Penn State.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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