Penn State “not an option” for Georgia football star after NCAA penalties

Penn State’s top recruiting target in the state of Georgia has ruled out the Nittany Lions after Monday’s NCAA penalties.

Trey Johnson, a 4-star linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School, is no longer considering Penn State and will not take an official visit to the Big Ten school, according to his coach.

“After he got finished with our workouts this morning, he came in and saw what the NCAA announced … and he just shook his head,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford said. “That pretty much takes them out of it, because I don’t know how they’ll even have a team.

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“I feel sorry for the kids that are there, even the new coaching staff, to pay that price. It would be hard to get any kid to go there right now.”

Johnson has been committed to Auburn for around a year, but was heavily considering Penn State because of defensive coordinator Ted Roof. When Roof was an assistant at Auburn last year, he convinced Johnson to commit to the Tigers. Roof has a special connection with Johnson because he also attended and played football at Central Gwinnett.

“Trey was going to honor his relationship with Coach Roof, he was going to take his official visit up there – and you don’t ever know what a kid will do after an official visit,” Wofford said. “He was going to give Coach Roof the respect to go up there and give them a good look. But that won’t be an option now after all the NCAA stuff.”

Penn State has a football scholarship offer out to only other 2013 prospect from Georgia, according to Rivals — Flowery Branch High School wide receiver Darius Curry, who is committed to Oklahoma State.

Also, this past February, Penn State signed one player from the state of Georgia, Cairo High School quarterback Steven Bench. He originally committed to Rice but flipped to Penn State after a late offer. Bench could not be reached for comment on Monday.

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Chi Town

July 23rd, 2012
12:39 pm

A person SMART enough to know......

July 23rd, 2012
12:49 pm

What Educational Institute of Higher learning is now on his list in place of PSU that is also an AAU member?

A person SMART enough to know......

July 23rd, 2012
12:50 pm

PENN ST was Linebacker U for years. You could get to the NFL playing 12 games a year against Big 10 competition at PSU.

Joe Pa, 5th winningest coach of all time

July 23rd, 2012
12:50 pm

So Trey is going to the place he first committed? What a story.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 23rd, 2012
12:51 pm

I guess Penn St v Michigan will not be on TV?

The Grinch

July 23rd, 2012
1:04 pm

Glad to know that Bobby Bowden will now be recognized as D1s all time winningest coach. I think it best to have that honor bestowed on a man who ran a program that wasn’t tainted during his tenure. :roll:

Roy

July 23rd, 2012
1:05 pm

Not sure why there punishing the players and fans of Penn St. This has nothing to do with the fans or player punish the people who were involved!

bulldog steve

July 23rd, 2012
1:11 pm

NCAA is on a huge ego trip. What happened up there had nothing at all to do about what the NCAA is set up to do regarding collegiate athletics. The next time a coach gets a DUI, are they going to get involved?

JJ

July 23rd, 2012
4:14 pm

People like Roy and bulldog steve are either still in denial or have limited understanding of the situation.

Why did Penn State cover up Sandusky’s crimes, to protect the football program and Paterno’s football legacy.
How did Paterno have so much power, the football program.
Why are students and alumni crying over sanctions but not the rape of innocent boys?

Players have been given many generous choices, what did the kids Sandusky raped get?

“We cannot look to NCAA history to determine how to handle circumstances so disturbing, shocking and disappointing,” said Emmert. “As the individuals charged with governing college sports, we have a responsibility to act. These events should serve as a call to every single school and athletics department to take an honest look at its campus environment and eradicate the ’sports are king’ mindset that can so dramatically cloud the judgment of educators.”

Prometheus

July 23rd, 2012
4:21 pm

Perhaps PSU can now work toward being recognized for their academic prowess, not their gridiron prowess. UGa, Bama, and Auburn, might redirectt their focus as well. It’s not becoming to be labeled as a college where sports is more important than academics. Both UGa and PSu are also recognizes for their propensity to “party”.

go-BRAVOS

July 23rd, 2012
4:21 pm

The Grinch, If you think Bobby Bowden ran a clean program your in denial as much as those defending JoePa and Penn St.

Que

July 23rd, 2012
4:21 pm

Thanks and very well stated JJ.

slydog

July 23rd, 2012
4:29 pm

@The Grinch

Apparently, you don’t know history. That coach would be Eddie Robinson of Grambling State, with 408 wins. And I’m willing to bet Bobby Bowden’s programs can not compare when it comes to quality and quantity of running a clean program and actually helping “student-athletes” to lead successful lives without regard to football prowess.

G-Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
4:33 pm

If anyone read the Freeh report, theres alotta unanswered questions. Paterno’s name was rarely mentioned. it was mainly Curley and Spaner who mislead the the board of trustee’s and didnt investigate it…nor did law enforcement.

So if a professor in the medical dept was caught doing the same thing…do you shut down, or sanction the entire dept because of his misdeeds??

This is not a football related issue other than it occurred on school property inside of the football facilities. How about holding those accountable for their misdeeds?

Read the Freeh report, Paterno’s name is hardly mentioned…Spaner and Curley were highly referenced in every aspect.

Isaih Crowell

July 23rd, 2012
4:39 pm

Bobby Bowden is a whole lot better representative for college football than Joe Pa. Sucks to be U

Isaih Crowell

July 23rd, 2012
4:40 pm

Oh, and Bench is good at jumping ship, hence his move to Cairo from Bainbridge his senior year. Predict he will jump ship again.

griffindawg

July 23rd, 2012
4:47 pm

What recruit or coach would ever want to go to Penn State now? Any time somebody brings up that place the first thing they’re going to mention is child molestation. Even if you were the best QB in the country, your stats would be overshadowed by being the QB at Penn State where children were abused. Such a sad story but I think that program is going to be in a lot worse shape than anyone realizes. And rightfully so.

Dion Sanders

July 23rd, 2012
4:51 pm

The showers at FSU may have been safe but Bowden didn’t make me go to class.

Whiskey Breath

July 23rd, 2012
4:54 pm

How many thugs does it take before the NCAA declares your school has violated the
” lack of institutional control” violation?

Bulldawg

July 23rd, 2012
4:55 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHA….laughing at you Ped St

A person SMART enough to know......

July 23rd, 2012
4:57 pm

slydog…………………..HOW many NFL player does the UGLY G have in the NFL?
Tuskegee has done more for HBCU colleges than any football coach or team.

Roy

July 23rd, 2012
5:22 pm

So tell me JJ what did the players and fans have to do with this? Why punish them? Maybe you should be punished because your a college football fan! All i’m saying is punish the people involved!

RedBone

July 23rd, 2012
5:38 pm

So are we the national champions in 81 now?

Prometheus

July 23rd, 2012
5:40 pm

Hey, I know how to clean up college sports. Give coaches tenure and pay them like other personnel. No impetus to cheat in recruiting or keeping kids eligible. Not a new idea; simply one that makes too much sense to adopt.

7576DAWG

July 23rd, 2012
5:53 pm

Roy
The Penn State officials who covered up for a Pedophile, child molester were representative of Penn State who were in charge of relaying their views which were also Penn States views , as sicking as they were. The Board at Penn State approved their hiring so the school has to pay along with the individuals involved.
You ask why do the players have to suffer? THEY DON’T. Everyone of the players can transfer to another school with NO penalty. If they chose to stay then they chose to suffer along with the School for looking the other way when THEIR REPRESENTATIVES enabled a Pedophile, child molester.

Roy

July 23rd, 2012
6:26 pm

Sorry JJ but the fans don’t deserve this they had nothing to do with this Pedophile or the cover up. I agree hold the officials responsible fire them but don’t make the fans suffer. Why should the players have to transfer they did nothing wrong this is the college the players chose for what ever reason. I couldn’t hold someone responiable for something someone else did would you? I guess you would!

Tampa Gator

July 23rd, 2012
6:32 pm

@The Grinch…..

The NCAA tainted Bowden (of course he denies any wrongdoing even though the NCAA found it) by taking away 12 FSU wins while Bowden was the coach. Nothing like Penn State….but I would not say Bowden’s coaching career was without stain…..and he was fired…..after thinking he was more powerful than the schools’ president…..(similar thinking by a coach).

AugDawg

July 23rd, 2012
6:34 pm

A lot of innocent people are affected by this ruling. This is a sad day for all the players who went through that program. The death penalty would have been better on the former players through the years that were vacated. If they want to vacate the wins then they should give the seniors and juniors a full four years of eligibility at other schools if they desire to transfer. They don’t get credit for the wins why should it count against their eligibility.

Tampa Gator

July 23rd, 2012
6:35 pm

Roy…..

The NCAA did not issue any ruling that “punishes the Penn State fans.” They can still buy tickets and go to Penn State games and support their program with their donations….something they are going to need desperately in the coming years. Neither are the players being punished. They are the victims of a very morally corrupt Penn State administration and head coach. Each one….if so desired….can transfer without penalty to another school.

Tampa Gator

July 23rd, 2012
6:38 pm

The #1 QB recruit in the country is committed to Penn State. Bama was his second choice and Florida was in third position….if I recall correctly. Since Bama has its QB…..maybe Hackenberg will consider decommitting and reconsidering the Gators. But I am sure if he decommits….he will just reopen his recruitment for a bunch of teams. I would think he will not stay committed to PSU after this…..4 years without any glory opportunities. I see him headed elsewhere….hopefully the Gators.

AugDawg

July 23rd, 2012
6:38 pm

Players will suffer. They are the innocent ones, along with the fans!

Rally Caps

July 23rd, 2012
7:30 pm

Orlando Dawg.

July 23rd, 2012
7:40 pm

Its 6 weeks to the start of the season it is too late for theses players to transfer and learn a new system.The players at Penn St should not be punished for somthing that is out of their control.

Mr. Thomas Anthony Jones, SR

July 23rd, 2012
7:42 pm

The NCAA ia bunch of Lowlife Punks. They steal $60,000,000.00 dollars from PSU which the Football Players really earned on the field. Mark Emmert and Ed Ray better be glad I do not use my foot to kick them in the butt. The new PSU is a big Coward who is jealous of Joe. He hides Joe’s statute and he let’s the NCAA snkes browbeat him. The man does not have a backbone. A real man would tell the NCAA to go to Hell. The school needs to stand up to the NCAA henchmen. The NCAA did not giver PSU due process.

Mr.SEC

July 23rd, 2012
9:04 pm

they had their opportunities at UGA, they choose elsewhere. uga went after others and got them; uga could overload in some areas if this happens, but I don’t think that none of them would consider uga; only people I would consider would be offensive people.

bitter JFK

July 23rd, 2012
10:18 pm

JOHN KENNEDY thought he got the short end of the stick————joe pa

—from hero to shameless in less time that A PERSON SO DUMB can burn a burger while taking

——orders at the VARSITY———–HAHAHAHA—-SUX for penn st

But hay—-US jawger fans HAD our JAN KEMP bit_h to deal with, She sat us back 20 YEARS

—————————-SUX TO BE A FAN today————

PS —joe pa ruled against UGA , vince, hershal, ERK, AND the nations #1 defence in 1982

bitter JFK

July 23rd, 2012
10:24 pm

@tampa gator —-no QB will help your situation, Gators are down for the next 20 years

Deal with it GAYturds—————-hahahahaha———ITS back to a annually beat down by the

————————————–DAWG NATION

BLT

July 23rd, 2012
11:05 pm

Bulldawg

July 23rd, 2012
4:55 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHA….laughing at you Ped St

Not surprising Wrexie

Big Crimson 75

July 23rd, 2012
11:54 pm

Bitter jimmy carter — jan kemp and Sandusky have zero in common.
One was a disgusting human and mrs kemp simply exposed Uga for what they were and still are —– a floundering University!!
The football players own the Campus. They make the rules in Athens. They did a great job showing Crow the way to behave. Attending Class — Optional!!
Uga is modern day slavery.

TIDE ROLL

July 24th, 2012
1:34 am

Hey, here’s a neat idea. Why dom’t we have Joe T. hire Penn State’s lomg time strength and conditioning coach. There’s no way he knew or should have known about Sandusky’s abuse. Yeah, that’s a GREAT idea. Richt won’t care. Hell, he’s in PARAGUAY. He don’t give a damn. Go ahead Joe T. Pull the trigger!

Caleb king

July 24th, 2012
8:26 am

UGAg does no wrong in Their eyes. What a joke!!!

Home of Champions

July 24th, 2012
9:06 am

Saban’s full schedule for Tuesday is as follows:

10:20 a.m. – SportsCenter (live)
10:30 a.m. – Twitter chat
10:45 a.m. – The Herd
11 a.m. – GameDay Radio
11:10 a.m. – College Football Podcast
11:35 a.m. – Playbook
11:50 a.m. – @ESPNCFB Questions
12:05 p.m. – ESPNU
12:30 p.m. – Scott Van Pelt Radio Show
12:50 p.m. – SEC Storied
1:20 p.m. – ESPN.com chat
1:45 p.m. – Doug Gottlieb Radio Show
2:30 p.m. – College Football Live
2:40 p.m. – SportsCenter Tonight Radio

Perps are us

July 24th, 2012
9:34 am

@Crowell 430pm right on about Bench the QB but the 2 teammates were arrestted for robbery played after a plea deal and went to jail after Cairo was eliminated from the playoffs by Peach Co. so maybe he would feel right at home. http://timesenterprise.com/x1823385691/Cairo-football-players-off-the-field

zbulldawg

July 24th, 2012
10:42 am

I really don’t know about GT’s roster ! But my Bulldawgs do need some OL help We could get some dept or maybe a starter ! DL would be nice too ! The way we play defense it wouldn’t hurt to add a LB or two. You have to careful here don’t want to do anything to hurt getting our home talent or players we are already recruiting. All colleges have high schools that pull from for good players It would be good to get a relationship built with some of these schools. Right now I would think that OU, WV, Pit ETC. ( schools in that area would have as good a shot as any to get first chioce.Tech does recruit up there more. Who coached their STs ? LOL For years PSU has pulled good LB’s out of our state. I do think it would be a HUGE mistake to mess with our QBs situation right now ! We could use a RB.or corner. I’m sure UGA will be make the right moves if any. BUT no matter what I’m sure what ever we do or don’t do will be critized to the fullest on this SITE !! LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

zbulldawg

July 24th, 2012
10:50 am

WHAT THE _ELL does Saban’s agenda got to do with this situation ! Better clean up your house BIG MOUTH Bama. You could be next !

zbulldawg

July 24th, 2012
10:56 am

Tide Roll did you go to school at Bama or a couple years of grade school ! One thing for sure is Bama’s not in the running for any of these players they can’t keep the recruits they claim to have NOW ! Get a life NO CLASS at TALL !

NOBODYYOUKNOW

July 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

Manys years ago when I was 13 & 14 I was molested by a family friend. This gay guy would bring my parents gifts at Christmas and mothers and fathers day. He had them convinced he was just a single lonely guy who enjoyed being a friend to me. I tried to no avail to hint to them that I didn’t enjoy going places with him. They accused me of being selfish and spoiled. Even my older brother got on my case about my attitude toward him. He would always call before he came over. As soon as I knew he was comming I went to a friends house and stayed untill I knew he was gone. Sometimes after 10pm. I would get bitched at for staying out late but it was better than trying to think of an excuse for not going with that nut. I’m sure he’s passed away now but all I can say is GOOD RIDDANCE.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

July 24th, 2012
1:35 pm

I forgot to express my feelings about the Penn. State situation. I have no sympathy for ANYONE who knows that type behavior is going on and does NOTHING to stop it. They have to protect their beloved football program. TO HELL WITH THEM ALL!

AAAAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us

July 24th, 2012
8:30 pm

Any more UGA players arrested today?

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