Given all that went on, not much was expected with Penn State's class of 2012. Expectations have been turned up with the 2013 class however and it looks as though the Nittany Lions have gotten off to a good start, scoring their first commitments on Wednesday from Fork Union (Va.) quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Avon (Ohio) defensive back Ross Douglas.
“Just Penn State itself sealed the deal,” Douglas, right, told 247Sports. “Just the place and tradition and coaching staff set themselves apart from everywhere else."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Douglas held offers from Boston College, Louisville, Tennessee and others. His attendance at a recent Penn State Junior Day seemed to convince him that Happy Valley was the place for him however.
Hackenberg, one of the East Coast's top signal callers, held offers from Alabama, Florida, Stanford and plenty of other schools. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder was the first commitment for Penn State and new head coach Bill O'Brien in the upcoming class and looks like the centerpiece of a big push on the recruiting trail over the next few weeks.
Last season as a junior, Hackenberg passed for over 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns. Douglas starred as a running back last year but will wind up on the other side of the ball in college.