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Insider

Hackenberg remains top QB in ESPN 150

11/7/2012

Three of Penn State's 2013 commitments remain among the updated ESPN 150/300, although two dropped slightly in the rankings.

The Nittany Lions' headline recruit, No. 1-rated pocket passer Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union), held steady as the 16th overall player. But both tight end Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) and offensive guard Brendan Mahon (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) saw their stock slip.



Mahon is now ranked at No. 205 among the nation's top players, a difference of five spots. Breneman -- who was previously ranked No. 49 but has missed his senior season with a torn ACL -- saw the biggest drop, slipping to No. 66 overall.

Neither Breneman nor Mahon saw a change in his respective position ranking, however. Breneman remains the nation's top tight end, while Mahon is the No. 10 OG.

Despite the changes, the 2013 class is still a strong one for the Nittany Lions. In the face of sanctions and reduced scholarships, Penn State still managed to garner more commitments from ESPN 150 and ESPN 300 players than in the previous two seasons combined.

Bill O'Brien's NFL experience played a large role in attracting Breneman and Hackenberg. And ESPN's top-rated passer is Penn State's highest-ranked recruit since Maurice Evans in 2006.