Damascus High School rising senior Zach Bradshaw is still verbally committed to Penn State football program, for now.
“Right now I am still committed,” Bradshaw said during a phone interview Monday morning. “I have to really think about it. I am going to talk with parents, coaches and other recruits to see what is best for me.”
On Monday morning, the NCAA placed sanctions on the Nittany Lions in the wake of the school's child sex abuse scandal. Sanctions include a four-year postseason ban, the loss of 40 scholarships over the next four years, $60 million in fines and the school was required to vacate all victories from the 1998-2011 seasons. The Big Ten Conference also placed a ban on Penn State from its championship game and will force it to forfeit its share of the conference's bowl revenue.
“I was kind of surprised but at same time I wasn't,” Bradshaw said. “I thought it was possible when I committed, but I never imagined it would be this severe.”
Bradshaw, who also received a verbal scholarship offer Monday from Michigan State, his favorite childhood team, said he has received inquires from several other college coaches.
He chose to attend Penn State last month over South Carolina, Virginia and Northwestern.