The 2013 ESPN 150 -- ESPN's list of the country's best 150 rising high school senior football players -- features three Penn State commits. First up is quarterback Christian Hackenberg (No. 11), followed by tight end Adam Breneman (No. 39) and defensive tackle Greg Webb (No. 123).â†µ
Hackenberg is the top-ranked player committed to a Big Ten school, but the list is loaded with players committed to Michigan (11, more than any other school in the nation) and Ohio State (five).â†µ
You can read more about Hackenberg here.â†µ
Regardless, it would appear that by all expert accounts, the Lions have gotten on the board in a big way, something that has to encourage fans after all the speculation that O'Brien's first full recruiting class would suffer as the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal drags on. At least for now, though, the new staff appears to be on a good path.â†µ
Many hope O'Brien would be able to use Breneman as a big threat in the passing game given his success with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez with the New England Patriots. The two combined to catch 169 passes for 2,237 yards and 24 touchdowns this past season, so it's no wonder Breneman would be excited about playing in a similar system at the college level.â†µ
Neither West Virginia nor Pitt has any commits on the list.