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NCAA Football: Nation's No. 1 QB Prospect May Still Choose Penn State

Christian Hackenberg will be playing NCAA football at the highest level, which can still include Penn State.
Christian Hackenberg will be playing NCAA football at the highest level, which can still include Penn State.
Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIJuly 26, 2012

Christian Hackenberg has a tough decision to make about his future.  The current No. 1 rated high school quarterback in the nation committed to Penn State in February and has since been pulled in every direction regarding where others think he should play.

Hackenberg, however, is making it known to everyone that he will be the one making the ultimate decision.

The 6'4", 212-pound sensation out of Fork Union, Va. will be making a visit to the Penn State campus, despite the fact that other top recruits have decommitted from the school.

"There's so much that we just don't know right now," Fork Union coach Micky Sullivan said, according to ESPN. "As of now, he's still a Penn State recruit."

These are encouraging words, especially to the active members of the Penn State football team. After sanctions were handed out Monday, the green light was given for current players to transfer to another FBS school, without the standard requirement of sitting out a season.

Not one member of the current team is opted to transfer yet.

“It's very important, in our eyes, just to see how it plays out,” Hackenberg's father told CBS. “A lot of people would walk away from it. That's not us.”

Despite the fact that Hackenberg would not be able to play for a Big Ten championship or play in a bowl game until his senior season, he would still have a strong opportunity to play against some of the top collegiate talent and raise his NFL profile.

Sullivan has eluded to the fact that Hackenberg will likely make a decision before the team begins their fall practice session on August 7.

Although first-year Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has lost some high school commitments, it should be noted that another prized recruit, five-star offensive tackle Dorian Johnson, remains firm with his decision to play for Penn State. This decision could ultimately impact the decisions of Hackenberg and everyone else on the team.

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