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National Signing Day 2013 recap: Penn State football recruiting

Penn State had a productive National Signing Day on Wednesday, all while having to deal with NCAA sanctions.


The 2013 National Signing Day is now in the books, and Penn State accomplished everything it set out to do. The team needed to bring in 17 players to get to the 75-player scholarship limit, and were not allowed to have a full 28-player class.

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They managed to bring in exactly 17 players. The full roster will later be bolstered by walk-ons, but for now, Penn State did as well as they could in the face of NCAA sanctions.

Some key names brought in by Penn State include quarterbacks Tyler Ferguson and Christian Hackenberg. Ferguson is the nation's No. 2 JUCO quarterback, and Hackenberg is the nation's top high school quarterback prospect, according to ESPN.

Penn State is now set at that position for the next several years, says SB Nation's Black Shoe Diaries. Other positions didn't fare quite as well, such as the running back position, which suffered due to the sanctions. Still, it was a strong class overall, given what the Nittany Lions had to work with.