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Jerry Sandusky Recruited For Penn State This Year

This article about a recruit from South Carolina who’s no longer considering Penn State is pretty interesting – not necessarily because he doesn’t want to deal with the “mess” as Penn State, which is perfectly sensible, but because of who did the recruiting.

Ranked last year by ESPNU as the 26th linebacker prospect in the country, Ah Ching said he was paid a visit by Penn State’s former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

"He came to my last spring game going into my senior season. He liked how I moved, laterally, and how gifted I am," said Ah Ching.

That’s right, Jerry Sandusky was recruiting high school kids for Penn State, as recently as this year. This apparently doesn’t violate any NCAA rules, but it sure sounds like more incredibly poor judgment that the program was apparently deliberately placing Sandusky in a position of power over minors while knowing that a grand jury was investigating him for sexually abusing young boys. And, again, as recently as this year. This probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise at this point, but my eyes popped open a bit when I read this.

UPDATE: This story appears to be more complicated than was initially reported.

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