Penn State Football: 25 Players Pledge to Stay, What It Means for Recruiting

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIJuly 25, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - JULY 21:  An exterior view of Beaver Stadium where the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno stands July 21, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State's president Rodney Erickson is expected to make a decision on whether or not to remove the statue in the wake of the child sex scandal of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. It's believed that Paterno had detailed knowledge of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing children before and after Sandusky retired from coaching at Penn State.  (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
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After roughly 25 Penn State players issued a statement about their intentions to stay with the university, recruits should be encouraged to keep their verbal.

Leading the players was fifth-year senior Michael Mauti and senior running back Michael Zordich. Penn State beat reporter Ben Jones quoted Mauti on Twitter:

Mauti: "This program was not built by one man and this program is sure as hell not going to get torn down by one man."

— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) July 25, 2012

Mauti really couldn't have had a better quote. If you're one of those 12 verbal commits and this doesn't fire you up, you might want to check your pulse.

Sure to grab headlines, Silas Redd was not one of the 25 players present, but that could be because he's scheduled for Big Ten Media Days later this week. Though Redd was absent, this was still a strong move by Penn State to try to keep its recruits committed.

This, along with noble stances by 4-star tight end Adam Breneman, 4-star defensive end Garrett Sickels and 4-star offensive tackle Brendan Mahon, has stopped the bleeding for now.

Mahon used Twitter as a way to show his support for Penn State and head coach Bill O'Brien, and his tweet would eventually be retweeted by his future teammate, Sickels.

O'Brien has my back I have his #PennState2013

— Brendan Mahon (@BigBabyMahon) July 23, 2012

While this should make fellow commits think long and hard about staying with the program, the real story lies with ESPN's No. 1 rated quarterback, Christian Hackenberg

Whether he chooses to stay with his commitment or withdraw will have a dramatic effect on the future of Penn State because it will likely influence some of his peers one way or the other.

But for the time being, the statement made by current players can only influence recruits positively.