"Recruiting is about a fit and relationships," O'Brien said. "We started working early on this class and they visited us multiple times. This is a group of high character kids who are tough, go to class and do things the right way. Our coaches deserve a lot of credit. They worked hard to develop relationships with the families and the prospects and it turned out well for us."
Penn State's 2013 recruiting class features nine defensive signees and eight offensive signees from seven different states and one from the District of Columbia. Breaking down the class by position, the signees include four defensive backs, three defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, two linebackers, two quarterbacks, one running back, one tight end and one wide receiver.
The list includes four high school players who graduated early to enroll at Penn State, and one junior-college signee, who began classes in January and are participating in winter conditioning with the team.
O'Brien led Penn State to an 8-4 record (6-2 Big Ten) during his first season as the Nittany Lions' head coach and was selected the 2012 Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN Coach of the Year and the Big Ten-Dave McClain Coach of the Year. The Nittany Lions begin spring practice March 18 and the Blue-White Game is April 20 in Beaver Stadium.
Below is a complete list of the 2013 Penn State signees with biographical information.
2013 Penn State Football Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl./El. High School/Hometown
Richy Anderson* RB 5-11 171 Fr./Fr. Governor Thomas Johnson/
Brandon Bell LB 6-1 222 Fr./Fr. Oakcrest/Mays Landing, N.J.
Adam Breneman* TE 6-4 230 Fr./Fr. Cedar Cliff/Camp Hill, Pa.
Curtis Cothran DE 6-5 235 Fr./Fr. Council Rock North/Newtown, Pa.
Parker Cothren DT 6-5 265 Fr./Fr. Hazel Green/Hazel Green. Ala.
Tyler Ferguson* QB 6-3 199 So./So. College of the Sequoias (Calif.)/
Kasey Gaines DB 5-10 160 Fr./Fr. Grayson/Loganville, Ga.
Christian Hackenberg QB 6-3 215 Fr./Fr. Fork Union Military Academy (Va.)/
DaeSean Hamilton WR 6-1 182 Fr./Fr. Mountain View/Fredericksburg, Va.
Tanner Hartman G 6-5 255 Fr./Fr. Lynchburg Christian Academy/
Zayd Issah LB 6-3 215 Fr./Fr. Central Dauphin/Harrisburg, Pa.
Brendan Mahon G 6-4 315 Fr./Fr. Randolph/Randolph, N.J.
Andrew Nelson T 6-5 295 Fr./Fr. Hershey/Hershey, Pa.
Neiko Robinson DB 5-11 170 Fr./Fr. Northview (Fla.)/Flomaton, Ala.
Garrett Sickels DE 6-4 238 Fr./Fr. Red Bank Regional/Little Silver, N.J.
Anthony Smith* DB 6-0 184 Fr./Fr. Valley Forge Military Academy (Pa.)/
Jordan Smith* DB 5-11 178 Fr./Fr. H.D. Woodson/Washington, D.C.
* Enrolled in January
--PSU Athletic Communications--