Tomorrow marks the first day high school seniors can sign with their college of choice. It will mark a historic day for Penn State football, as they are expected to welcome 12 new Nittany Lions. Five recruits have already signed their LOI and enrolled early: TE Adam Breneman, ATH/RB Richy Anderson, QB Tyler Ferguson, DB Jordan Smith, and DB Anthony Smith.
The remaining 12 players are expected to sign their letter of intent over the next week:
You can’t help but be amazed by these kids that decided to stick with Penn State through everything that went on this year. Guys like Christian Hackenberg, Adam Breneman, Garrett Sickels, and Brandon Mahon never wavered in their commitment to Penn State. Guys that get overlooked, such as LB Brandon Bell, OT Andrew Nelson, and DE Curtis Cothhran also stuck with Penn State through the sanctions. These core guys kept the 2013 class together and kept the future looking bright for Penn State.
Kids like Hackenberg, Breneman, Sickels, and Mahon could have gone just about anywhere in the country. Alabama, USC, Ohio State, Florida, you name it, they could have played there. Many doubted that Penn State would be able to build a quality class around those guys, including Mike Ferrell at Rivals, who suggested that Penn State may be competing with schools like Villanova for recruits. He was proved very wrong. Penn State has added talented and hard-working guys like WR DaeSean Hamilton and ATH Zayd Issah. Stealing them away from the likes of Oregon, Miami, and Virginia. They stole OG Tanner Hartman and RB/ATH Richy Anderson from Maryland. Getting kids like DB Kasey Gaines from Georgia, Parker Cothren from Alabama, and DB Neiko Robinson from Florida proved that Penn State could/will recruit from the south. Bill O’Brien and the core of this have done a phenomenal job to keep Penn State a prestigious program going forward.
Tomorrow, they officially become Nittany Lions and I couldn’t be more proud to have them represent our University. We Are.