I spoke briefly with 4 star Va. QB Christian Hackenberg on Tuesday night and he assured me that he had no imminent plans of committing soon. Thankfully, he lied to me! He said that he wanted to be committed to before his senior season but would pull the trigger early if everything lined up and “felt right.” Well, apparently that feeling came today as the 4th ranked Pro-Style QB in the country pulled the trigger and committed to Bill O’Brien and Penn State.
This is a huge deal for the new staff for many reasons. Not only did they get an elite signal caller, but they took a step nationally, beating out Alabama, Stanford, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and others that had offered the 6’4″ junior QB. Also, this should help quiet an anxious fan base, eager for the future to push the past behind them.
I spoke to Christian for a few minutes about some NFL QBs who he emulates (Peyton Manning, Drew Brees) along with Tim Tebow, who we both enjoyed watching in college but are skeptical of in the NFL. In all, I was pleased with the things that Christian noted as important regarding football such as taking charge, owning responsibility and most of all, winning.
I’ve been on the phone quite a bit since the news broke and I can assure you that landing a blue chip quarterback definitely gets noticed by other recruits. There’s a chance that Hackenberg could have company sooner rather than later.
Christian ranked 1st on our list of the 10 Most Important Penn State Recruits. That’s not a bad way to start!
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