College Football Recruiting: Penn State Recruits Stay Committed, For Now

By Will Wilson

In the wake of the recently released Freeh Report, the Penn State football program has had to deal with calls for them to receive the death penalty. Something that hasn’t been given to any program since the 1980’s when Southern Methodist had sanctions placed upon them.

One can only imagine what is going through the future Nittany Lions recruits heads. As for now, things seem to remain calm, especially in the mind of 2013 QB commit Christian Hackenberg of Fork Union (Va.).

Hackenberg was one of the first two commitments for new Penn State coach Bill O’Brien back in the spring. He’s helped keep together much of the Nittany Lions recruiting efforts for the class of 2013, spending a lot of time with his future teammates at recent recruiting camps.

This week Hackenberg is competing in the Elite 11 quarterback camp that hosts the top 25 signal callers from across the country. It’s an opportunity for him to learn and become a better quarterback with his senior season just around the corner.

The 6-4, 210-pounder has said him and his fellow PSU commits are listening to coach O’Brien and letting whatever pan out, pan out.

As the No. 64 overall recruit in the country, the Elite 11 is extremely important for a player like Hackenberg. The camp gives him a chance to learn from former NFL great Trent Dilfer and develop into a smarter pocket passer while honing in on his mechanics.

O’Brien has done a great job of setting the bar high in recruiting since he arrived in State College. Penn State has 25 commits that await the NCAA’s decision for the lack of action from former university officials during the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Players like Hackenberg have a large influence on other recruits and their decision to stay committed.

He’s kept them together thus far, we’ll see if the NCAA changes that.

Will Wilson is writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

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