Stanko Issues Statement

Howland (Ohio) High standout OL Anthony Stanko was the first commitment in Penn State's Class of 2012. And he is among the first to discuss recent events at the school. He did so via a prepared statement.

Warren, Ohio lineman Anthony Stanko has never been shy about professing his love for Penn State. He was the first prospect to commit to PSU for its Class of 2011.

But last week was a tough time for Stanko and his family.

After an unexpected playoff loss to end Stanko's senior season at Howland High came the news about the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State. The scandal led to the firing of longtime Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno last Wednesday.

Stanko has stayed on top of the situation and wanted to issue the following statement. He sent it via e-mail.

"First, I would like to say that I am saddened for the victims and their families. It has been devastating for them as well as the fans of Penn State. I encourage everyone to let the story unfold.

"I stand behind my commitment to Penn State. I look forward to the top level of education I will receive at Penn State and am proud of the history and traditions they hold.

"I have been in contact with the Penn State Interim Athletic Director, Mark Sherburne, and Interim Head Coach, Tom Bradley. They have assured all commits that our scholarships continue to be honored by Penn State University regardless of coaching changes.

"The commits of 2012 are staying in touch and forming a strong bond in the hopes of restoring the pride to all the fans and alumni of Penn State.

"I have one last thing to say……………… WE ARE……"


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