February 29, 2012

Four-star QB picks PSU

New Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien comes from the NFL and most recently worked with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. So it's not a huge surprise that his first commitment for the class of 2013 comes from a signal caller.

"Christian committed to Penn State today," said Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military head coach Mickey Sullivan, who coaches the FUMA high school team, of his star quarterback Christian Hackenberg. "He was very impressed with coach O'Brien and his staff, he really liked Penn State as a school and his has family from the area so he will have family and friends there. He also fit with the players so I think overall it was what he wanted in a school."

The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder chose Penn State over offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and others.

"Christian was smart about this, he knew he wanted a program that fit his physical gifts," he said. "That means he wanted a pro-style offense and having a head coach that ran an NFL offense with Tom Brady certainly didn't hurt. He wanted to be in the right system and he found it and he will learn a lot from coach O'Brien."

So what kind of player is Penn State getting?

"he's a great kid and very smart," said Sullivan. "He's a team captain as a junior, he's tough and he's a hard worker. He actually looks a little like Tom Brady physically in pads and in some of his mannerisms so that's a plus. He's a kid that will give it his all, never be a problem for coaches and will learn things quickly. He has all the skills to be a good one and I think he'll get the right coaching."

Hackenberg finished his junior year throwing for 2,200 yards with 21 touchdowns and added a pair of rushing scores. He is the first commitment in the class of 2013 for Penn State.

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