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We feel really positive about this class for many reasons. When I was hired here, the first thing that we did after we met with the team was we began to delve right into recruiting. What we want here, eventually, is a smart, high-character team that is big and fast and can play in any weather.
What we did, not me, you have to give a ton of credit to our staff. We have a great staff. Billy Kavanaugh did a great job organizing it all. We found guys from good families, tough guys, smart guys. Time will tell how good they end up being. We're excited about this class.
There's no question that we lost some guys to the sanctions. I'm not going to tell you that wasn't a factor. At the end of the day, I'll I'm concerned about is the guys that we have here. I think we've done a good job of starting to build a football team.
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The strategy definitely changed. The one thing that is important is that you go from 85 scholarships, 25 guys a year, then the sanctions come out and you have to do the math. How are you going to get to 65 by 2014, and you can only sign 15 scholarship players. Then there is how much more important the run-on program becomes to us. There were meetings discussing strategies and needs and everything that goes into managing that. The strategies change, we have bright guys in this building. They will be evolving. We feel really good about how that worked as it relates to today.
Christian Hackenberg, No. 1 is that he's a really good person. We feel really good about our quarterback room right now. It's young. Whoever takes the field against Syracuse will essentially be playing college football for the first time. We feel that we have competitive guys, smart guys and guys from good families. Christian fits into that. The jump from high school to college, that's a big jump. The system here is not simple. He's going to have to study and understand what it takes to make it here. The same can be said for Tyler and Steven. When you play quarterback at Penn State, you have to really balance the classroom with being the best prepared quarterback you can be. It's different than any other position. We think that Christian is a guy that can come in here and do those things.
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Due to a system-wide outage: live stream of Coach O'Brien's Signing Day press conf. will not be available. Full press conf. will be archived
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f___r in the face."
"You really can't miss when you can only sign 15 scholarship players. We feel good about where we're at but only time will tell."
"This is a great day for Penn State because it proves a lot of things about Penn State. We signed a lot of kids who committed to us early and stayed committed to us when they could have gone elsewhere. That says a lot about Penn State. We found with our run-on program that there are many guys out there that have grown up dreaming about Penn State that have fantastic opportunities to go to other schools, but they've chosen to come to Penn State."
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Sorry guys my laptop froze. Jeff will be providing updates. Before it froze O'Brien said that any one of his QBs could be the starter against Syracuse. Don't expect him to name a starter after spring.
"When the sanctions came out, we had really good relationships with these families. It was pretty neat for me being a first-time head coach and being in these kids' homes. In July, we had these good relationships with these kids that had committed. They called and they were upset because the Penn State they had committed to had changed. They drove up here and sat in this room. It was an emotional meeting. I stood here and answered 75 questions. If I didn't know the answer I said I didn't. That was a very improtant day for us as a football program. It was a very honest and tough but very productive meeting."
On run-ons: "We have about 90 guys in the program right now. Then you add the 12 scholarship guys that will join us in June. We'll try to add between 13-15 guys. There's guys that may end up leaving the program, talking about walk-ons.
"Matt Lehman, Ryan Keiser will be on scholarship."
"We can't wait to play in future years with 65 scholarships. Life's about challenges."
On players from the south (Gaines, Robinson, Cothren): "We'll continue to recruit in the south because we have connections down there. I coached at GT for eight seasons, McWhorter's roots are down there. The bulk of the roster will come within that 300-mile distance -- Pennsylvania, New York, we've got to do a much better job in Ohio."
"The guys in the south come from high-character families, they're tough guys. All three we think are going to be really good football players for us. It gives us a decent diversity of guys. That's the way it should be at Penn State."
"We'll still be in there (in south without Roof). We still have some ties in the south."
"I'm in the process of filling that position. That'll probably be something that gets filled in the next week or so."
which is the smart thing to do considering your most talented prospect won't be with the team yet.. gotta give hack a chance at least to win the job. if he can't prove himself this year vs. Bench and Tyler, he has the chance to work the dirty show and learn the offense in the offseason and give us the best spring qb competition that we've had in decades next spring
BOB coming on to BTN in 5 minutes
That is my name on their tops and no one can tell me any different!!!!
"The guys that were here last year know us a little better. They know how things work here. We feel really good about where we are with them. Nothing's changed as far as the honesty, the relationships we have wiht them. We understand what the rules are, but at the same time, we don't spend every waking minute talking to these guys about staying. WE're very mindful of it, but we just continue to coach them on a day-to-day basis."
My feelings exactly. Bring it on.
“We’re doing things we couldn’t imagine,” says safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong. “But we’re doing them together.”
BOOM. Makes sense... The bulk of the roster still coming regionally, but we will not give up on the south. Nor should we, Hixon, BOB, London, Butler, Fish, and Mac have ties/have coached down there... LJ could be effective there too.
WE ARE! And we will always be...
Love this quote! I don't think there is anything this man can't overcome.
What an eff you to the NCAA and the conference if we start destroying teams too.. I don't see any mercy being held back by the coaches.. Foot on the gas regardless of score with 65 scholarship players on the sidelines!
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"The rules aren't changing, they're removing a lot of rules. We're in the process of looking at recruiting and how are we going to handle unlimited text messages or unlimited visits to schools. We're never going to join the ranks of the Wild West, I can promise you that. WE're still going to try to go out and find Penn State guys."
On legacies: "I don't think there's any question that's important here. We've got such a strong letterman organization and a lot of these guys have good genes. They have a passion for Penn State beacuse they grew up watching how much it meant for their dads. Obviously they have to be able to play and they have to be good students, but it's something we'll keep looking at."
Most coaches will say something of the sort under a similar situation, but I get the feeling BOB really means this. He's up for the challenge.
"I look at the rules every day. I have the NCAA rulebook right behind my desk. Every day is a learning experience when it comes to the rules of just overall recruiting."
On balancing out roster: "We basically signed eight offensive players and nine defensive players. We feel like with the restrictions and only being able to sign 15, we feel like we balanced it pretty well. At the end of the day, do we wish there were a couple positions we could get more guys? Of course. But we can't.
"We feel like we balanced it well, wiht the linemen and skill players. We wanted to recruit guys that fit our style of play and we feel like we did that."
You gotta stop taking laptop recommendations from Qhorrie.
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