Nittany Notes: Antonio Logan-El Lowdown

The crazy speculation over Penn State redshirt freshman offensive lineman Antonio Logan-El can finally stop. On Thursday, the 6-foot-5, 308-pounder announced his Nittany Lion football career was over even before it started.

And it was somehow fitting that the statement was made on his Penn State facebook page, considering the amount of unfounded Internet chatter that went along with this story the past two months.

"Yes, it is true, I am done playing football at Penn State," he said. "There is a chance that I [may] go somewhere else to [play] ball because I am a football player and I love the game. Things just didn't go the way me and my family wanted."

This news comes as no surprise to those close to the program. In fact, at the start of spring practice, head coach Joe Paterno said Logan-El was no longer with the team.

"He's got to make up his mind whether he really wants to play football," Paterno said at the time.

In mid-January, FOS reported that Logan-El took a leave of absence from the Penn State football team to deal with an unspecified personal issue. Though little if anything changed for the next three months, one would never have known it by the blather that was shooting around cyberspace.

Since then Penn State fans have been confused by a series of inaccurate reports on offensive lineman. They included the following:

• Logan-El was back with the team at the midpoint of winter drills. He was participating in drills and was fine with his situation. In actuality, he was still not with the team.

• Logan-El had an unspecified injury. This proved to be inaccurate, as well.

• Logan-El had a sickness in his family and that's he why he was not with the team. While no one doubts there was, in fact, an illness in the family, Paterno's strong comments at the start of spring ball indicated Logan-El was no longer with the team for other reasons.

• Just last week, a report emerged that Logan-El officially returned to the team. However, once again, sources close to the program tell us this was not the case.

In fact, though he did meet with Paterno shortly before the start of spring practice, Logan-El never returned to the team after leaving last winter.

Logan-El was a five-star prospect out of Forestville (Md.) High and signed with PSU in 2006. He picked the Nittany Lions over Maryland, a school to which he had made a previous verbal commitment.

From the time he set foot on campus last summer, reports surfaced that Logan-El was struggling with Penn State's intense conditioning program.

Like most PSU offensive linemen, Logan-El took a redshirt as a true freshman.


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