Ross Douglas, a cornerback who was expected to be a cornerstone of Penn State’s first group of incoming freshmen under new head coach Bill O’Brien, decommitted from the school just minutes after the 9 a.m. press conference regarding NCAA punishment this morning, according to one reporter on Twitter minutes ago.
Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter Greg Pickel said in a tweet that “Ohio cornerback Ross Douglas has decommitted from #PennState, per Bill Greene.”
Another reporter for respected high school scouting site, Rivals.com, also tweeted that another high school prospect, quarterback Drew Barker from Kentucky, has taken Penn State off his list of potential choices in 2014.
Some sports experts say that beyond the initial cost to Penn State’s revenue for missed bowl games in the next four years and the $60 million fine, an exodus of the program’s current top players and future incoming freshmen will feel more like a “death penalty” to the school.
Here’s a list of current and former players’ reactions to the penalties incurred by the NCAA this morning compiled by the Patriot-News.