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Damascus High School senior wide receiver/linebacker Zach Bradshaw became the third recruit to revoke his verbal committment to attend Penn State Tuesday morning.

“It was a tough decision for him and he didn't want to make it an emotional one,” said Mike Bradshaw, Zach's father. “He waited a couple of weeks and it still was a terribly tough decision. He, and our whole family, has a tremendous amount of respect for coach [Bill O'Brien] and [assistants] Larry Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden.

“But with everything going on at Penn State, it was just in Zach's best interests to look elsewhere.”

Bradshaw traveled to Charlottesville to visit the University of Virginia campus Tuesday morning. His father confirmed Tuesday afternoon he had given coaches there a verbal commitment to become a Cavalier.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound standout has several connections to Virginia. Youth football teammate and Our Lady of Good Counsel senior quarterback Brendan Marshall committed to Virginia earlier this year and 2011 Damascus graduate Brandon Phelps is a defensive back.

Last month, in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal, the NCAA levied sanctions against the Penn State football program. They included a 4-year postseason ban, reduction of scholarships and $60 million in fines.

kzakour@gazette.net