The speculation that Joe Paterno’s year-to-year contract status is having an adverse effect on Penn State’s football recruiting efforts won’t go away, and what happened Monday won’t do anything to change that.
Dorien Bell, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker from Monroeville, made a verbal commitment to Ohio State on Monday afternoon at a press conference at his school. Bell played at Gateway High School for former Penn State wide receiver Terry Smith.
Later in the evening, the Buckeyes added another western Pa. standout, getting a commitment from Jeannette running back/receiver/defensive back/return specialist Jordan Hall.
Considered one of the top prospects in the country for the Class of 2009, Bell had scholarship offers from more than 30 colleges — including Penn State — according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was at Ohio State’s spring game over the weekend.
Reached early Monday evening, Jeannette coach Ray Reitz said Hall was considering a commitment but isn’t wasn't a certainty yet. Later that night, though, Internet sites began breaking the news that Hall had made it official for Ohio State.
He also has offers from Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Pitt and West Virginia, according to Reitz.
Belland Hall are the second and third major recruits to spurn a scholarship from the Nittany Lions for the Buckeyes in about than a month. Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the consensus top senior in the country this year, signed with Ohio State on March 20.