The Penn State Nittany Lions got off to a good start on 2013 recruiting Wednesday, reportedly receiving a commitment from four-star quarterback Christian Hackenberg out of Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia.
Hackenberg, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound pocket passer with a strong arm, becomes the first prospect to commit to Bill O'Brien's 2013 recruiting class. Rated the No. 153 junior recruit in the nation by Rivals.com, Hackenberg turned down offers from Florida, Rutgers, Alabama, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia and Connecticut to commit to Penn State.
The highly-touted signal-caller recently visited State College, telling StateCollege.com he likes that O'Brien worked with Tom Brady during his time with the New England Patriots.
"What Coach O'Brien did with Tom Brady, it's definitely a great opportunity for me," Hackenberg said. "It's a great school. I like their system. And I am originally from PA."
"I want to be comfortable with the coaching staff and I want to be able to fit in with the team," Hackenberg said. "A family feeling is one thing that's important to me."