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Penn State Football Recruiting: Quarterback Christian Hackenberg Won't Make Snap Decision

by on February 20, 2012 10:45 AM

Christian Hackenberg, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound four-star quarterback out of Fork Union Military Academy, was one of several signal callers who displayed their skills for new coach Bill O'Brien this weekend.

Born in Pottstown, Pa., the trip back to the Keystone State wasn’t just for kicks for Hackenberg, who is enamored with O’Brien' sterling reputation of working with quarterbacks.

Penn State played host to close to 50 of the nation’s top junior prospects this weekend. Hackenberg was one of them.

"What Coach O’Brien did with Tom Brady, it's definitely a great opportunity for me,” Hackenberg said. “It's a great school. I like their system. And I am originally from PA.” 

Saturday was the first opportunity Hackenberg had to meet O’Brien after being recruited by running backs coach Charles London, the family feel of the program made a good impression on Hackenberg.

“I want to be comfortable with the coaching staff and I want to be able to fit in with the team,” Hackenberg said. "A family feeling is one thing that’s important to me." 

Even while Hackenberg has expressed interest in Penn State, the recruiting process is far from over. The talented quarterback also is being recruited by Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, who was a teammate and friend of Hackenberg’s father while at the University of Virginia. 

Erick Hackenberg, Christian’s father, was named to the Big 33 game in 1988, which at the time pitted some of the best high school football players in Pennsylvania against some of the best from Maryland. Erick eventually landed at Virginia on a full scholarship, where he played behind Shawn Moore and Matt Blundin.

Hackenberg already has received verbal offers from programs such as Alabama, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia and Connecticut. Even so, Hackenberg isn't in any hurry to make a verbal commitment.

"I'm not going to rush my decision," he said.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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