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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Top PSU recruit in 'holding pattern'

By ESPN.com staff

From ESPN Recruiting Nation:
The father of Penn State-committed and No. 1-rated quarterback prospect Christian Hackenberg reiterated his confidence Sunday in the football program as the NCAA prepares to announce sanctions against the school.

At the Elite 11 finals here with his son, Erick Hackenberg said that he and Christian spoke with Penn State coaches last week.

First-year Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and recruiting coordinator Charles London remained optimistic, Erick Hackenberg said, in talking with he and Christian after PSU officials met with the NCAA in the past few days.

Christian Hackenberg, a 6-foot-4, 212-pound rising senior at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, pledged five months ago to sign with O'Brien and the Nittany Lions next February as part of their 2013 recruiting class.

"It's very important, in our eyes, just to see how it plays out," Erick Hackenberg said. "A lot of people would walk away from it. That's not us. You don't want to walk into the firing line, but this is example of a time where you don't base your decision off the immediate reaction."
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