Five Questions: 2013 commit Brandon Bell


Every week, Nittany Nation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.

This week's subject is Brandon Bell (Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest), a three-star linebacker who committed to the Nittany Lions in June. ESPN ranks him as the No. 59 overall outside linebacker in the Class of 2013.

Nittany Nation: What's your take on on Penn State putting names on the back of its jerseys?

Brandon Bell: It's definitely cool. Nothing wrong with that. It might help more with recruiting; nothing wrong with a little change. I mean, I'm sure it isn't that important, but kids imagine playing with that -- and a lot of high school teams now have kids' names on their jerseys, so it's something you think of.

NN: How has your opinion of coach Bill O'Brien evolved the longer you've gotten to know him?

BB: When I first met him, I didn't know much. I knew he came from the NFL with the Patriots, but now I like him way more once I got to know him on a personal level. He's a players' coach, a straightforward guy.

With all the adversity that came out with Penn State, he's just straightforward with that. He said, 'I'm not going to sit down and tell you it's all going to be OK.' And when my mom asked him how the [Jerry Sandusky] trial went, he answered everything.

NN: What was your initial reaction about the sanctions?

BB: It definitely hit me. It took me a couple days to think about what I was going to do. I had a lot of people calling me asking questions. It took a toll but, at the same time, I couldn't imagine myself at another school.

NN: What made you overlook those sanctions and choose Penn State?

BB: Well, the coaching staff, the environment up there at Penn State -- the fans might be even crazier after everything, even more supportive -- and the opportunities with the academics and everything. I still admire all that.