Brandon Bell reaffirms PSU commitment


Three-star linebacker Brandon Bell (Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest) spent about six hours at Penn State on Tuesday to attend practice, sit in on a linebackers meeting -- and reaffirm his commitment.

"I just wanted to take a trip again to see how it was and just tell Bill O'Brien face-to-face this is where I wanted to go," Bell said.

Bell said O'Brien extended his hand and told him, "You and the other guys that stayed are the type of kids Penn State's going to need."

Bell's re-commitment came on the heels of two Tuesday defections -- offensive tackle Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon) and athlete Zach Bradshaw (Damascus, Md./Damascus) -- that leave Penn State with just nine class of 2013 commits.

Five have decommitted since the release of the Freeh Report.

"I don't think too much about those (transfers)," Bell said. "But I understand them."

Bell insisted he's not bothered by the sanctions. His main reasons for attending Penn State included academics and the coaching staff -- something not affected by fewer scholarships or lack of a postseason.

He has no plans to visit others schools and hopes to be in the stands for the Nittany Lions' Sept. 1 opener against Ohio.

"It's not like they're not playing just for nothing," Bell added."They're still working on having a successful season."