College Football Recruiting: Six Penn State Recruits Reaffirm Commitments

By Jay Beck

No matter who you talk to regarding what will come of recruiting at Penn State following the sanctions that were handed down by the NCAA, they all say essentially the same thing.  The sky is falling.  It has to be considering the Nittany Lions won’t be eligible for any type of postseason play for the next four seasons. Except maybe it’s not, at least for the class of 2013.

Six members of the class of 2013, including two of the country’s best players at their position, reaffirmed their commitment to the Nittany Lions after meeting with coach Bill O’Brien and his staff on Saturday in State College.

The list includes quarterback Christian Hackenberg who is generally considered one of the top ten quarterback recruits in the country among the recruiting services.  He took to twitter on Saturday afternoon following the group making their announcement.


The other recruits who also confirmed their decision were tight end Adam Breneman, wide receiver Will Fuller, defensive lineman Garrett Sickels, along with offensive linemen Brendan Mahon and Andrew Nelson.

“Halfway through the day the six of us went up to coach O’Brien’s office and told him we are going to stay committed,” Hackenberg said, according to “We believe in coach O’Brien and his coaching staff.”

After a week of dealing with the fallout from the NCAA’s sanctions including other schools recruiting players currently on the Penn State roster, the news certainly had to put a smile on O’Brien’s face.  He has no doubt been looking for something positive to build on and this would certainly qualify as others ponder exactly what is going to become of Penn State football for the foreseeable future.

It goes without saying, signing day is still a long ways off and a lot can happen between now and February 6th.  There is still a season to play with a roster that could very well be missing some key components.  If it turns into a struggle, it will paint a much clearer picture of exactly the uphill climb the program faces over the coming years.

If that does indeed turn out to be the case, you can bet other schools will be in the recruits ear letting them know exactly what lies ahead for them, something that has almost assuredly already been happening and will continue no matter what becomes of the 2012 season.

For now, however, the recruits are saying all the right things and which is certainly a step in the right direction.  And for Penn State, it will certainly take whatever bit of good news comes it way.  It certainly beats the alternative, something those in State College already know far too well.

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