National Signing Day is less than 48 hours away. Dozens of college coaches, and thousands (or more) of college football fans will be on the edge of their collective seat waiting to see where the nation’s top high school football players will be attending school. However, here in our Happy Valley, the day should be completely devoid of any drama. 17 players have committed to Penn State, with 5 of those already enrolled for the Spring semester. The other 12 will sign their LOIs on Wednesday, officially becoming members of the Nittany Lions Class of 2013. Here is a rundown of where PSU’s class stands going into the insanity of Wednesday. We will update this post throughout the week with links to our coverage of each player:
- Adam Breneman — TE — Camp Hill, PA (Cedar Cliff HS)
- Tyler Ferguson — QB — Visalia, CA (College of the Sequoias)
- Jordan Smith — DB — Washington, D.C. (Woodson H.D.)
- Richy Anderson — RB — Frederick, MD (Johnson HS)
- Anthony Smith — DB — Wayne, PA (Valley Forge Military Academy)
- Christian Hackenberg – QB — Fork Union, VA (Fork Union Military HS)
- Andrew Nelson — OT — Hershey, PA (Hershey HS)
- Garrett Sickels — DE — Little Silver, NJ (Red Bank Regional HS)
- DaeSean Hamilton – WR — Stafford, VA (Mountain View HS)
- Zayd Issah — LB — Harrisburg, PA (Central Dauphin HS)
- Brendan Mahon — OG — Randolph, NJ (Randolph HS)
- Brandon Bell — LB — Mays Landing, NJ (Oakcrest HS)
- Neiko Robinson — DB — Century, FL (Northview HS)
- Parker Cothren — OT — Hazel Green, AL (Hazel Green HS)
- Curtis Cothran — DE — Newtown, PA (Council Rock North HS)
- Kasey Gaines — DB — Loganville, GA (Grayson HS)
- Tanner Hartman — OL — Lynchburg, VA (Liberty Christian Academy)
Given the circumstances surrounding the football program, this class will be remembered for much more than their accomplishments on the football field, whatever they may be. With that said, several of the players come to Penn State with resumes that have Nittany Lion fans excited. Here are a few players to keep your eyes on:
- QB Christian Hackenberg - We could fill an entire post with Christian’s accomplishments during his prep days at Fork Union. Elite 11 Finalist and Under Armour All American are just the tip of the iceberg. Christian was the first elite player to commit to Bill O’Brien nearly a year ago, and started the run of early success for PSU on the recruiting trail. Hackenberg picked the Lions over Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina, among others, and is a 5-star prospect on 247 Sports.
- DE Garrett Sickels - Garrett committed to Penn State shortly after Hackenberg’s verbal pledge last year, and like Christian, remained solid to PSU throughout the process, most especially in the aftermath of the NCAA sanctions, calling his commitment a “no brainer”. Sickels held numerous offers, including from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Ohio State, and is rated 4-stars on 247.
- LB Zayd Issah – Zayd committed to Penn State in June of 2012, but backed out, in part due to the NCAA sanctions. At that time, he said he wanted to make sure he was 100% confident in his decision, and was clear PSU was still very much in the picture. After visiting Penn State on the weekend of December 7th, Zayd re-committed to the Lions, primarily over Oregon. Issah is a 3-star prospect on 247.
- TE Adam Breneman – While the QB that will be throwing to Adam over the next few years ended up ranked higher, you will not get much argument from Penn State fans that Adam is the biggest name of this class. He wound up as the 2nd ranked TE prospect according to 247, despite not playing a single snap this season due to an ACL injury, and was the glue that held the heart of this class together during the peak of the storm over the summer. Adam is ranked a 4-star prospect on 247.
- OG Brendan Mahon – Along with Breneman, Sickels, and Hackenberg, Brendan Mahon was a part of the core group that initially became additional recruiters for PSU, and then keeping the class together over the summer. Mahon is a 3-star prospect on 247, and chose the Lions over offers from Florida, Rutgers and Michigan.
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