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Penn State Scandal: Joey O'Connor First Recruit To Decommit From Penn State

We still have to wait and see how the firing of Joe Paterno and the scandal going on at Penn State will affect the team on Saturday against Nebraska, but it has already started to affect the future performance of the football program. Penn State lost it's first recruit to the scandal on Thursday, a four star offensive lineman from Colorado named Joey O'Connor, according to Sean Fitz of Lions 24/7.

"Earlier this evening I decided to decommit and keep my options open," he said. "Right now, I just wanted to relieve some of this pressure off of me with everything that is going on and concentrate on my senior football season and give my football team the best that I can give them. . .The playing field is wide open right now," he said. "I have not ruled out Penn State. We're just going to take it day by day and figure some things out."

This is obviously not nearly as important as all the other things that are happening at Penn State, but it could be a sign of things to come.

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