- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Locking down the home state is crucial for most coaches in recruiting. Keeping the local prospects home is typically the foundation on which programs are built and that used to be the case with Penn State.
The state of Pennsylvania was always good to the Nittany Lions because there was stability with Joe Paterno, and the opportunities were aplenty for recruits.
That all changed, however, when the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke and Paterno was eventually fired. Uncertainty was an unfamiliar place for Penn State fans and the local recruits, but it was everywhere during that time.
Central Valley (Monaca, Pa.) head coach Mark Lyons believes the instability and questions around the program were huge factors with the local recruits even once the scandal was over.