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Monday, July 23, 2012
What's left for Penn State

By Mitch Sherman

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- A darkening sky loomed on Sunday above Christian Hackenberg, the 6-foot-4 specimen of a high school senior and picture of what defines a great quarterback prospect.

Hackenberg, out of Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, starred here at the Elite 11 finals among 25 of the nation's best at his position.

He is the No. 1-rated QB in the ESPN 150, the No. 16 player overall. And he's committed to sign a letter of intent in February with Penn State.

For now, that is.

In the wake of Monday's announcement that Penn State faces a four-year postseason ban and must forfeit 40 scholarships over four years, it's hard to imagine a quarterback with Hackenberg's options -- or any player with choices -- would willingly walk into State College.