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October 8, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions fans cheer during first quarter action against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-US PRESSWIRE

Checking in With Penn State's Committed Recruits

For those of you looking for the Weekly Recruiting Update, that has been put on hold for this week. I was a bit pre-occupied this weekend with some other news so I’m taking this Tuesday in a different direction.

Following the news and abundance of not-really-news-but-instead-crazy-opinion-articles from the last five days, a few people have floated questions my way about potential de-commitments from current Penn State recruits.

Rather than asking kids if they are considering de-committing, I presented several of them with the same question and assured their answers would be anonymous.

On a scale from 1-10, how committed to Penn State are you right now?

  • 10 “Fully committed.”
  • 9
  • 10 “For now.”
  • 10 “No doubt.”
  • 10 “and you can reveal my name. I’m proud of Penn State, the students, alumni and faculty currently there!” -Garrett Sickels, per his request.
  • 10 “I don’t see any point of being committed if you’re not committed.”

A few haven’t answered yet, but you get the idea. This is a tight group of kids. I did not ask Adam Breneman or Christian Hackenberg, but you can rest assured that the average would have gone up if I had.

Cory Giger of The Altoona Mirror recently did a story, documenting the commitments of the offensive duo. When asked if his commitment was still strong, Hackenberg replied “Yeah, without a doubt.” What about if there were sanctions?  “Yeah. It would have to be the death penalty or the whole staff leave.”

As for Breneman, his father told Giger that “As long as there’s football at Penn State, Adam’s going to be committed.” Adam later added the same sentiment as his future quarterback, saying that a bowl ban or TV ban would not deter him.

As for the players who didn’t reply by post time, I wouldn’t worry too much. The kids who did were convincing enough for me.

Don’t forget to check out Catch the Cure, Adam Breneman’s effort to raise money for ALS!

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