Gilman's Gaia declines to discuss his commitment to Penn State

Schools are calling to lure senior lineman away from Nittany Lions

  • Gilman senior Brian Gaia committed to Penn State in the spring.
Gilman senior Brian Gaia committed to Penn State in the spring. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore…)
November 12, 2011|By Katherine Dunn

Brian Gaia committed to play football at Penn State in the spring, but this week that’s not something the Gilman lineman wants to talk about.

Gaia is set to play defensive tackle at Penn State next fall, but in light of the sex abuse scandal that has claimed the career of legendary head coach Joe Paterno, the All-Metro player is being contacted by other schools in case he breaks his commitment.

Gaia declined to comment on his recruiting situation after he helped the No. 1 Greyhounds defeat No. 9 Archbishop Spalding on Friday afternoon, but Gilman coach Biff Poggi has advised him to take his time deciding whether to follow through with his commitment or pursue another offer.

“There are no road maps for anything like this,” Poggi said. “This is a devastating situation. Penn State has guaranteed his scholarship, but what we’re saying to [Gaia] is, ‘You need to wait and see what happens, because if this is a systemic issue, then that has completely different connotations.’”

“These are not four-year decisions,” Poggi added. “These are 40-to-50 year decisions, so you have to let this thing settle and then you’ve got to ask really hard questions, and if you don’t get really good answers, then it’s tough see that [commitment] through.”

The coach said he has been contacted by more than a dozen college coaches interested in coaxing Gaia away from Penn State, but Poggi would not name any of those schools.

"At this time, Brian is 100 percent to PSU and just keeping a Plan B just in case," Gaia's father Tim said.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Gaia opted for Penn State over offers from Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

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