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The curious case of a 2012 recruit and Jerry Sandusky

Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky AP

Of all the stories that have surfaced in the week since the grand jury’s presentment of a 40-count indictment on Jerry Sandusky, this one is right up there with the most mind-boggling.

In an interview with WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina high school linebacker Adam Ah Ching claims that Sandusky visited him earlier this year during spring football drills.  That alleged visit from Sandusky came months after the Greer High School senior claimed to have received recruiting letters from Penn State, presumably from Mike McQueary, the Nittany Lions wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator who is now on paid administrative leave.

“[Sandusky] came to my last spring game going into my senior season. He liked how I moved, laterally, and how gifted I am,” Ah Ching said in regards to the man who was charged with sexually abusing eight children a week ago today.

Ah Ching’s high school coach, Will Young, told the TV station that “he is not aware anyone representing Penn State attended a spring game.” On his Twitter account Friday evening, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Joe Starkey tweeted that “Greer H.S. athletic director Travis Perry strongly denies that Sandusky was ever at Adam Ah Ching’s practice or games.”  The station writes Ah Ching stands by his story, that Sandusky was in the stands for the spring game at his high school.

Penn State has not returned emails requesting comment on what official or unofficial involvement, if any, Sandusky may have had with this recruit specifically or recruiting in general over the past several years.

The Associated Press subsequently reported that “Sandusky attended a football camp for Polynesian players in Utah over the summer and urged all in attendance to play for Paterno.”  Ah Ching was in attendance at that camp, which included coaches from 30 universities representing, among other conferences, the ACC, Big East and Pac-12.

Ah Ching said during the TV interview that after the scandal broke, he scratched the Nittany Lions off the list of schools he’s considering — he’s reportedly received offers from BYU, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Oregon State, UCLA, and Utah — and added that other recruits are doing the same (which is not necessarily the recruiting reality, incidentally).

“It’s very devastating to have a top-tiered program and have them drop like that,” said Ah Ching. “That really did play a big impact on where I wanted to go.”

For his part, Ah Ching’s father agrees with what his son thinks is a decision to take Penn State out of consideration.

“Do you want to be associated with the mess that’s still going to come down the road here?” Otto Ah Ching said during the interview.

It should be noted that we can find no information that Ah Ching was being recruited, heavily or otherwise, by Penn State other than recruiting letters, with that information coming from the player himself.  It should be further noted that there is no credible evidence whatsoever that any contact Sandusky may have had with Ah Ching came under the direction of the Nittany Lions football program.

Sandusky wrapping himself in the Penn State name, though, would not exactly qualify as a shocking development given his emeritus status at the university since leaving the football program in an an official capacity in the late nineties.

The State of Pennsylvania’s investigation into Sandusky’s alleged rapes of multiple children, including at least one that occurred on the campus, began in 2009.  School officials, including then-head coach Joe Paterno and in-limbo athletic director Tim Curley, testified in front of a grand jury in January regarding the allegations.

Sandusky had maintained an office in the Lasch football building and use of any facility on the Penn State campus since his retirement in 1999.  Three days after his arrest, it was reported that he was seen working out in the football facility’s weight room multiple times in the week leading up to the multi-count indictment.  He was finally banned from the campus after being charged.

In 2007, five years after being witnessed by McQueary sodomizing a 10-year-old boy, Sandusky was “selected to be the featured speaker at the commencement ceremony for Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development”, Starkey was quoted as relaying during a radio interview this week.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Charleston City PaperSportsByBrooks)

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15 Responses to “The curious case of a 2012 recruit and Jerry Sandusky”
  1. 700levelvet says: Nov 12, 2011 10:05 AM

    As much as i have bashed PSU on this site, as much as i have called for a cleaning of the house, this schoolgirl face book like story should have never been written without confirmation…..I see the Florioesque aspect of pft has taken over here………Just get as many hits as you can…….damn the victims…..Sickening

  2. southernpatriots says: Nov 12, 2011 10:07 AM

    If this report from Ah Ching is true, and there is no reason at this time to disbelieve him, there could in the most perverted way, a letter from McQueary to Ah Ching, then later a visit by Sandusky.

    If that happened that means Sandusky would have had the gain knowledge of Ah Ching from McQueary or Penn State football offices, gain the name his school, and town, and other information to be there at the spring game.

    This story is even more interesting and strange. If it is true, it means Penn State personnel, likely McQueary among them, used Sandusky to help recruit. McQueary who claims to have seen Sandusky sodomic rape a young boy in a Penn State football building shower some years before, the same McQueary using Sandusky to recruit young men? That is so abhorrent to our family that even the thought make us sick.

    McQueary is likely protected under the whistleblower state law at the present time and also a material witness for the Grand Jury, but the season will be over soon, and all the football program personnel then can be fired and McQueary with them and it likely would not violate the whistleblower laws.

    This one just about took our breath away. Lack of institutional control appears to have been at work in the football department of Penn State.

    We hope this and other matters will be completely investigated and along with all the other situations involving Sandusky, and add any other charges appropriate to his 40 count indictment by the Grand Jury.

    On a positive matter…Keep up the great work Penn State alums and students. Keep it going!

  3. geo1113 says: Nov 12, 2011 10:37 AM

    If it is true, it means Penn State personnel, likely McQueary among them, used Sandusky to help recruit.

    No, it doesn’t mean that. It means that some pedophile still knows how to game the system. to make himself look like a big man.

  4. harleyspoon says: Nov 12, 2011 11:13 AM

    Anyone who is or is not a coach or is or is not affiliated with any college athletic program can find out who is being recruited by any college program simply by going to Rivals, ESPN, etc…One does not have to pilfer through recruiting record in a coaches office to find out these things…Here we go again…

  5. jgo304 says: Nov 12, 2011 11:14 AM

    Well thats a Major Recruiting Violation….

    Nothing suprises me anymore coming out of Happy Valley.

    Success with Honor ROFL…..I hope the NCAA see’s this story.

  6. onceuponatimeinsports says: Nov 12, 2011 11:47 AM

    I have to agree with some of the posters here, as much as this whole mess at PSU sickens me to my core, this story is nothing but a rumor at this stage.

    If true, it possibly means the death penalty for their football program (When added to all the other aligations)

    This whole mess is a dictionary definition of the old saw, “It’s like a train wreck, you don’t want to look but you just can’t turn away.”

  7. fatfreddystubbs says: Nov 12, 2011 11:49 AM

    Anyone who is or is not a coach or is or is not affiliated with any college athletic program can find out who is being recruited by any college program simply by going to Rivals, ESPN, etc…One does not have to pilfer through recruiting record in a coaches office to find out these things…Here we go again…

    ————————————————–Yeah, seriously, anyone with a computer can find out the information (name, high school, offer list) that SoPats seems to think is an inside job.

  8. firedude7160 says: Nov 12, 2011 12:15 PM

    Anyone else think that maybe Adam Ah Ching wanted a little publicity?

  9. deadeye says: Nov 12, 2011 1:13 PM

    It seems likely that Ah Ching’s claims would not be difficult to either prove or disprove. Sandusky probably flew into South Carolina, and probably spent the night in a local hotel. If he drove from Pennsylvania there most likely would be credit card transactions for gasoline purchases. An absence of all those thing would mean it’s a publicity stunt.

    As far as Sandusky’s potential role in recruiting, the availability of recruiting info on the internet does not automatically mean Sandusky used that information and acted alone. And just because he encouraged recruits to attend PSU doesn’t necessarily mean he did that at the behest of McQueary or Paterno. This whole aspect of the story is simply an unknown that would need to be discovered through testimony or some kind of paper trail.

  10. iownyou2 says: Nov 12, 2011 5:33 PM

    This kid is a joke. Nice attempt at trying to jump in on all the things happening here but when your coach and AD basically laugh at your claims you might want to bury yourself in a hole. Please remember you are in HIGH SCHOOL and not a top recruit at that. Please take your nonsense to the obscurity of BYU, Colorado, etc.

  11. onceuponatimeinsports says: Nov 12, 2011 6:23 PM

    I would caution all those doubting so strongly this rumor being accurate. Although I admit as I stated above there’s no proof…yet. Who would have believed a week ago all the horrible things about this mess that have already come to light?

    I wouldn’t be to quick to dismiss anything that’s said about Sandusky or PSU at this point….

  12. mogogo1 says: Nov 12, 2011 7:31 PM

    Why is the high school AD more certain Sandusky wasn’t there than the coach who actually would have been at all the games and practices? The AD “strongly denies” it? How could he be that certain? He’s basically calling his own player a liar. Pretty odd.

  13. lookatthefarside says: Nov 12, 2011 7:57 PM

    Will Sandusky still have emeritus status at PSU when he’s in prison? Probably.

  14. ErikW65 says: Nov 12, 2011 7:58 PM

    There’s a big difference between saying you’re “not aware” a given person was in attendance at a public event (the HC) and saying you’re so absolutely sure that person was not in attendance that you “strongly deny” that it could be so (the AD).

    How is the AD able to say with such certainty that Sandusky was not there? Sounds to me like he protests too much.

  15. malice420dotcom says: Nov 12, 2011 9:30 PM

    Chin’s High School coach did exactly what the media did for 14 years, Deni, cover up and shut up for access.
    Where were you John Taylor for fourteen years ?
    NBC and all it’s world wide leaders in spots news didn’t have a sniff of this guy when the whole town knew.
    The media needs to be accountable as Paterno for allowing child rape on the campus for all those years. Many kids were abused because of the elite media’s silence. They were as silent as they were loud with the mounds of Headline Hate and posters aimed at the returning Vietnam veterans. I’d shutter to think the sons and daughters of those cowards are running the media but it sure looks like the same 1970’s media.

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