- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Penn State has reached eight.
Three-star defensive end Curtis Cothran (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) reaffirmed his commitment to Penn State during a conversation with assistant coach John Butler on Monday.
“He was glad to hear I’m going to stick with them, willing to make it through the storm,” said Cothran, ranked No. 83 among defensive ends. “I feel like we got something special in this class and we’ll be a legendary class. We’re going to do great things up there.”
Cothran is the eighth Penn State commitment of the current class of 12 to say publicly they will remain with Penn State. Last Saturday, six Penn State pledges, including the No. 1 quarterback Christian Hackenberg and No. 1 tight end Adam Breneman, visited State College and also solidified their commitments. The Lions have suffered only one decommitment – four-star corner Ross Douglas – since NCAA sanctions were revealed last week.
Watching those commitments publicly stand by Penn State made an impact on Cothran.
“It helped make the decision real easy,” he said. “They’re all in the same position I’m in. If they’re willing to go through it then I’m willing to go through it, too.”
Cothran talked with the staff for the first time a few days after the sanctions were handed down, and mulled his future for a few days before recommitting Monday night. He was not only worried about the public perception of Penn State, but whether he still had a scholarship given the scholarship crunch the Lions now find themselves in.
The Lions can only take 15 commitments.
“It was really more just dealing with what people had to say, the entire atmosphere of what people think of the program. Besides that everything there was pretty much the same,” Cothran said. “All we were worried about is the scholarship.”
ESPN 150 offensive lineman Dorian Johnson and receiver Zach Bradshaw remain committed to Penn State, but both are still evaluating the situation. Zayd Issah will visit Penn State this weekend and should have a decision soon. Issah said he talked with fellow linebacker commit Brandon Bell, who is still weighing his options.
Penn State is No. 16 in the 2013 class rankings.
Penn State has reached eight.Three-star defensive end Curtis Cothran (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) reaffirmed his commitment to Penn State during a conversation with assistant coach John Butler on Monday.