Penn State signs 11 recruits for 2013 class

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Penn State signed 11 recruits this morning for its 2013 class, including highly-ranked quarterback Christian Hackenberg and defensive end Garrett Sickels.

Neiko Robinson is the only commit who has yet to sign a letter of intent, and five other players in the class of 2013 enrolled at Penn State early for the January semester.

The Nittany Lions' class is being praised for its talent considering the circumstances, but overall it is middle of the pack. Rivals currently ranks Penn State's class as the 44th best in the country. Scout ranks it as the 40th best.

Coach Bill O'Brien will discuss the class at a press conference at 3 p.m. Here's a closer look at the 11 who have signed so far today.

• Brandon Bell, Mays Landing, N.J. (LB, 6-1, 220): Rivals ranks him a three-star recruit who chose Penn State over Syracuse and Rutgers, among others.

• Curtis Cothran, Council Rock North High School (DE, 6-5, 225): Penn State is stocked with defensive ends in this class. Cothran may not be as polished as Parker Cothren (who you will confuse with Curtis Cothran and vice versa for the next four years) or Sickels but was enough of a priority that Penn State offered him a year ago.

• Parker Cothren, Hazel Green, Ala. (DE, 6-5, 265): He already has ideal size for a defensive end. According to Rivals, Cothren was heavily recruited by SEC schools like Tennessee and Vanderbilt but chose to come north.

• Kasey Gaines, Loganville, Ga. (DB, 5-10, 160): Gaines was lightly recruited, especially by other major-conference schools. He will join defensive backs Jordan Smith and Anthony Smith, who enrolled this semester.

• Christian Hackenberg, Fork Union Military Academy (QB, 6-4, 212): He is widely considered the No. 2 quarterback in the country. Hackenberg could have played anywhere in the country. Along with Adam Breneman, who has already enrolled, he is being called an early leader for this 2013 class. He threw for 2,144 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, according to stats from MaxPreps.

• DaeSean Hamilton, Stafford, Va. (ATH, 6-0, 182): Hamilton played wide receiver and defensive back in high school. He had offers from Illinois, Miami and Michigan State, according to Rivals.

• Tanner Hartman, Lynchburg, Va. (OL, 6-4, 247): This recruit acted the opposite of many Penn State recruits. Instead of switching away from Penn State, he switched his commitment from Maryland to come to Penn State.

• Zayd Issah, Central Dauphin High School (ATH, 6-3, 210): Issah played a lot of positions for Central Dauphin, including linebacker, running back and wide receiver. On defense, he had 80 tackles and 6.5 sacks, according to stats from MaxPreps. On offense, he had just over 600 total yards.

• Brendan Mahon, Randolph, N.J. (OL, 6-5, 315): Mahon committed last March and held on. According to Rivals, he had offers from Florida and Michigan.

• Andrew Nelson, Hershey High School (OL, 6-5, 265): Unlike Mahon, he'll likely need to fill out considerably to be ready to compete at Penn State.

• Garrett Sickels, Little Silver, N.J. (DE, 6-4, 245): After Hackenberg and Breneman, Sickels is Penn State's highest-rated recruit. He could've gone anywhere. According to Rivals, he even had an offer from Alabama.

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