Top-ranked pocket-passer Christian Hackenberg plans to attend Penn State despite the schools NFL sanctions which includes a four-year band on post-season play.
Hackenberg along with several other players reiterated their plans on Sunday to stick alongside head coach Bill O’Brien. Among those staying will be high ranked tight end Adam Breneman.
Breneman said of himself Will Fuller (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic), offensive linemen Brendan Mahon (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and Andrew Nelson (Hershey, Pa./Hershey), and defensive lineman Garrett Sickels (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional), “Yes, we are all 100 percent committed.”
As I reported earlier in the week Bill O’Brien has been working non-stop to ensure the team is not torn apart and remaining conference competitive following the Jerry Sandusky guilty verdict and various NCAA sanctions which have included vacating all of the schools wins since since 1998.
According to PennLive.com:
“Halfway through the day the six of us went up to coach O’Brien’s office and told him we are going to stay committed. We believe in coach O’Brien and his coaching staff.”
Will Fuller confirmed Breneman’s statement, telling ESPN in a text message:
“Yeah, I’m 100 percent going there.”
Hackenberg said on Twitter that he couldn’t be happier with the team of players he will be supporting. He wrote:
— Christian Hackenberg (@chackenberg1) July 28, 2012
Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and his staff will not have the hard decision of figuring out how to run a football team that will be missing a good chunk of its available scholarships.