Some recruits veer off, some stay on course

Laird Ueberroth, of Bethlehem, Pa., carries a sign

Laird Ueberroth, of Bethlehem, Pa., carries a sign that reads "God Bless Joe Paterno" as he walks into Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University Park campus in State College, Pa, during a Nittany Lions home game against Nebraska Saturday, November 12, 2011. Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno was fired by the school's board of trustees Wednesday following the revelations of his role in an alleged child abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. (Credit: Daniel Freel)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Not surprisingly, some Penn State football recruits decommitted or postponed their decisions during national letter of intent signing period that opened last week because of the scandal that resulted in the ouster of coach Joe Paterno.

But that doesn't mean Penn State will have trouble attracting recruits to a place that filled Beaver Stadium with 107,903 bodies Saturday. Standing on the sideline was New York-area football coach Willie Beverly, who came to support two of his former players, Tariq Tongue and Shane Phillips, and brought a couple of potential recruits along with him.

"We understand this situation is really tragic, but a lot of these kids weren't around during that time ," said Beverly, who said he coaches at both August Martin and Holy Cross high schools in Queens. "There's a lot of things going on with the program, but we still support Penn State football."

He added: "My kids are happy to be here, and I know I have kids in New York that are talking about coming here, as well, if they get the opportunity. We're going to continue to support Penn State football and keep trying to get our kids in this university."

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