Penn State Football: Key 2013 Recruits Remain Committed After Saturday Sitdown With Bill O'Brien
Fresh back from Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien took the time Saturday afternoon to sit down with the biggest names in the Nittany Lions' 2013 recruiting class.
Recruits Christian Hackenberg, Adam Breneman, Brendan Mahon, Garrett Sickels, Andrew Nelson and Will Fuller all met with O'Brien to get answers to some of the tough questions facing the program and thexpending sanctions recently handed down by the NCAA.
Coming out of the meeting, all six prospects confirmed their allegiance and support of Penn State football, sending the first bit of positive news through Happy Valley in more than eight months.
"One hundred percent committed to these guys and Coach O'Brien," Cedar Cliff High School 5-star tight end Breneman tweeted. "We're going to do something a lot bigger than just win bowl games. That's a promise."
For Penn State, likely the biggest key to getting through the four-year bowl ban, as well as the scholarship reduction, will come at the hands of the 2013 class.
Currently rated the 16th-best class in the nation by Rivals.com, Penn State may be able to recover from nearly a then-half decade-long span of national irrelevance if the likes of top-rated pro-style quarterback Hackenberg and Breneman are able to keep the class together.
Penn State's 2013 recruiting class currently has 12 members. While the loss of defensive back Ross Douglas to Michigan and defensive tackle Greg Webb to North Carolina the the past week has hurt the class.
But if the six prospects who visited State College on Saturday remain on board until Signing Day in February, they very likely will be remembered for a long time to come.