Recruits see bright future for PSU

Updated: September 24, 2013, 7:53 PM ET
By Brad Bournival and Tom VanHaaren | ESPN RecruitingNation

Tuesday's announcement that the NCAA will reduce its sanctions against Penn State by gradually restoring scholarships starting next season sent shockwaves through the recruiting world.

Commitments and targets alike know just how big the alterations are moving forward for a program still trying to rid itself of the shadow left after NCAA president Mark Emmert levied the penalties 14 months ago in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Penn State faced a cap of 65 scholarships starting in 2014 but will now instead have 75 scholarships, 80 in 2015 and will return to the full allotment of 85 in 2016.

"Penn State has long been known for graduating its student-athletes and providing them with a world class education," coach Bill O'Brien said in a statement. "The scholarship additions will allow us to provide more student-athletes with a tremendous opportunity to earn that degree and play football for Penn State."

Those words certainly weren't lost on some of the pledges in the 2014 class and many of the targets moving forward.


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