Watch List QB Hackenberg picks Penn State 

February, 29, 2012
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It didn’t take long for Bill O’Brien and Penn State to make a splash with their 2013 recruiting class, landing ESPNU Watch List QB Christian Hackenberg (Palmyra, Va./Fork Union Military Academy).

“For him the biggest thing is the ties there,” said his father Eric Hackenberg. “He grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania and we lived there until he was 7 years old. His grandparents are still there. We have lots of ties to the area and he grew up on Penn State football. He grew up around it.”

As a dad, he was looking to make sure his sone made the right decision, both on and off the field.