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I'm happy with the two QB's we have on board, but I'm impressed with this young mans understanding of the word commitment and how he seems to be a natural leader.
Christian Hackenberg, the top-ranked pocket-passer quarterback in the ESPN 150, reiterated his commitment...
That shows a lot of class. He would have been a fantastic fit here. I wish nothing but the best of luck for him. Easily, my favorite non-Alabama football player.
I am all for honoring your word but under these conditions who would blame him. Accepting the fact that you will be in purgatory for your whole college career is a tough call for a 18 year old.
Wow, did I miss something? Is it already February 6? How did our season go.
With Urban Meyer next door, it ain't over til it's over.
Good for these kids. I am rooting for them. This sends a powerful message to the kids who are currently on the team who might consider transferring. If the PSU coach can pull this off and have minimal turn over he probably can stay at PSU as long as he wants.
They are in for some tough times in the coming years but, ironically, this situation may have the opposite affect of what the NCAA was hoping. Instead of de-emphasizing football it may galvanize support in a way that football becomes even more significant at PSU.
By all accounts, Hackenberg has the highest ceiling of all the quarterback in this class. As Gerry Hamilton says, "wouldn't be shocked if he's picked No. 1 someday." He's got a long way to go, but the physical tools are ALL there.
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I can see that. He is an amazing QB but I think this act of sticking to his commitment, when no one would blame him for searching for greener pastures says a lot about this kids makeup. Not only is he committed, but he's not afraid of the challenge that awaits and isn't afraid of missing out on free gifts and bowl games, he realizes his legacy can be made not through titles but perseverance.
Hence the reason our coaches were all over him to start this recruiting class. He would have been great here but O'Brien will make him an NFL ready qb as well.
As Lone Watie said: "endeavor to persevere".
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I gave you a plus one because i agree with your post but on the other hand I ask myself what would I do if this was happening at UA and as a lifelong Alabama fan I was offered a scholarship? I'd go to UA and take my lumps. maybe thats whats going on here. Either way I'm glad he's not going to the barn.
Ya gotta feel for these kids, they have no idea what they are getting into, and a bunch of grown-ups, that are trying to save their jobs, are directing them.
Just out of curiosity what exactly are they "getting themselves into" other than a free education at a great University with excellent facilities and academics? Yes, they are foregoing to chance to win championships and appear in bowl games, but they can be apart of a core group that gives the community something to rally around and hopefully make the tarnished image courtesy of Sandusky & company, a distant memory.
FWIW, in case you can't tell I am very impressed with the attitude and selflessness these kids are showing. In todays recruiting world where Twitter, hat tricks, flip flopping and tattoos get all the pub, these kids are showing more integrity than most coaches and message board posters.
I do admire the kids make up that would have him honor his pledge but what he is getting into is a situation that he can not fully grasp as these are sanctions beyond anything we have ever seen. Forget the bowl bans just think what the scholarship reductions alone are going to do. This guy is going to be playing behind a line that by his junior year will be ravaged by lack of depth and atrition. Also this scandal will never be a distant memory for decades. If you have watched a SMU game they constantly talk about their scandal to this day and paying players is not even in the same stratosphere as this. As a parent I would not sign the papers. PSU days of being thought of as a great school are over. Anywhere that would allow a monster to roam its campus unchecked is not a place I would send my kid. Trust me there where more people that knew what Sandusky was doing that are still around that campus.
Nice that he saying he is going to keep his commitment. I still will be suprised if he actually signs with them. He will never play in a bowl game if he chooses Penn St.
Plus 10 if I could. Great post.
If Hack ends up signing then he will be the face of the program for few years.
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I'm with you. I don't understand how everybody watches a kid boarding the hindenburg, while applauding his decision.
The repercussions of these penalties will greatly affect this kid's life in so many ways. Yet we sit here and root him on because it somehow makes him a "man of his word" or some unimportant intangible bs like that.
I hate to say it, but I believe Ruben Foster's actions are playing a role in the attitude towards this completely unrelated scenario.
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