January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight quarterback Christian Hackenberg (1) drops out of the pocket during the second half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Class of 2013 - QB Christian Hackenberg

You can exhale now, Penn State.  All everything QB recruit Christian Hackenberg’s letter of intent has arrived in Happy Valley.  The 5-star, Elite 11 finalist, Under Armour All American held a small signing ceremony Fork Union Military Academy before sending the paperwork up to Penn State.

Regardless of what ranking service you choose to follow, Christian is one of the top pro style QB’s in the country.  247 ranks him as 5-stars, and the top pro-style QB, while both Scout and Rivals give him 5 stars as well, and the #2 ranking.  All the rankings are well and good, but Christian went out and backed it up at the Under Armour All American game, with nearly every talent evaluator in attendance proclaiming him the top QB in the heavily scrutinized practices leading up to the game.  Oh, and he was named one of Elite 11 finalists at the prestigious quarterback camp over the summer.  Perhaps most importantly, Christian has the work ethic and desire to go along with his natural ability.

Hackenberg also quickly bonded with classmates Adam Breneman, Garrett Sickels and Brendan Mahon.  Those 4 became the core of the class that was key in keeping the group together post sanctions.

Don’t be surprised to see Christian redshirt this season, as Steven Bench and Tyler Ferguson will almost certainly be ahead of him on the depth chart.  If there is a weakness in his game, it is likely understanding and reading defenses, something that Bill O’Brien’s offense demands much of.  The year to get acclimated to the college game, and work with O’Brien and Charlie Fisher could be crucial to Hackenberg’s long term devleopment.  Oh, and he’d have 2 potential bowl eligible seasons.

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