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.
“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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