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Hackenberg remains on board

Fork Union (Va.) quarterback and Penn State commitment Christian Hackenberg was back in State College on Saturday for an important meeting with the Nittany Lions staff. He was one of six current commitments that made the trip to get some answers from Bill O'Brien and Co.

"We just sort of got to sit down with the coaches and talk a little bit, we also met with Coach O'Brien as a group and that went pretty well," he said. "We just pretty much talked to everyone and got on the same page."

Hackenberg had some general questions for O'Brien and his staff, all of which were answered on Saturday. He said that the staff had an open approach to trying to keep the six committed.

"I didn't think it was so much giving us a pitch to re-recruit us, because we were all committed, but it was more about getting us together and keeping us on the same page," he said. "They wanted us to understand what we're getting into going forward and how we're going to deal with some of the challenges we're going to face."

Before departing campus, Hackenberg and the five other visitors - tight end Adam Breneman, wide receiver Will Fuller, defensive end Garrett Sickels and offensive linemen Brendan Mahon and Andrew Nelson all reaffirmed their status with Bill O'Brien.

"We all just kind of came together and told Coach O'Brien as a group, and that was pretty cool," he said. "He was pretty excited."

The visit, which came just six days after NCAA sanctions leveled the program, was a big one for the new staff in Happy Valley and for that of the 2013 class of future Nittany Lions.

"I think it brought us even closer than we were before," he said. "That's probably the biggest positive that came out of the day. I think that we're a lot closer now, a lot stronger."

Hackenberg said that he will return to campus for the Penn State-Ohio State game at the end of October and possibly for the opener against Ohio on September 1.

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