Storify: A look at the newest Nittany Lions

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, all 17 of Penn State’s verbal commits signed their letters of intent to play for coach Bill O’Brien in Happy Valley.

Here is a social media look — through tweets and photos — at this year’s class as they became official Nittany Lions.

Penn State recruits make it official on national signing day

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, all 17 of Penn State’s verbal commits put pen to paper and officially became Nittany Lions.

Storified by York Daily Record· Wed, Feb 06 2013 18:06:47

This class of recruits was unlike any other in Penn State’s history. In the wake of NCAA sanction stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal, many predicted that all of the potential signees would run for the hills and the Nittany Lions would be left with nothing.

Yes, some rescinded their verbal commitments.  But the majority of the student-athletes stood firm in their commitment to “Restore the Roar.”  Two recruits in particular, tight end Adam Breneman and quarterback Christian Hackenberg — touted among the nation’s elite at their positions — became outspoken members of the class and helped solidify the class and bring new faces on board.

For information and highlight videos for each new Nittany Lion, check out the recruiting section of the Nittany Nation blog. Just follow the link below …
2013 Recruiting classPenn State head coach Bill O’Brien had gotten things rolling last spring with his new program, getting verbal commitments from 14 recruit…
Here is a look at some of the recruits and their thoughts on national signing day.
Proud of all my boys signing with #PSU today! We made it through thick and thin together… Nothing can break us apart. #loyaltyAdam Breneman
Finally made this official. Cannot thank you all enough for all the support. #RoarLionsRoar #WEAREChristian Hackenberg
RT @NateSulham: Fork Union QB @chackenberg1 making it official, signing his NLI to Penn State
RT @fumafootball: Christian Hackenberg signing with Penn State University. #SigningDay @ESPNU @ESPNCFB
Thank you to all of Nittany Nation!! Y’all have been awesome and I am so proud to be a Nittany Lion! #HappiestDayOfMyLife #WeAre #PennStateGarrett Sickels
Red Bank’s Garrett Sickels signs with Penn State Williams
Goodluck to all my boys signing that paper today… Make good decisions.. Even though there’s only one right decision! #PSURichy A.
I’ve been dreaming of being a penn state football player since I first started playing in 4th grade! Officially a part of the family! #WEAREAndrew Nelson
Kasey Gaines signs his letter on Wednesday …
My boy @KG_III officially signed to penn state! Congrats baby! Love you schaeffer
Thank God for blessing me with such an amazing opportunity! Couldn’t have done it without him! #blessedAndrew Nelson
It’s a rap Penn State Class Of 2017 #NittanynatiomBrendan Mahon
Brandon Bell makes it official …
Signing ! In the AM
TODAY IS THE DAY! @KG_III @SkeeterMills__ @BigBabyMahon @GarrettSickels @zaydissah @Thee1NonlyBBELL @ANelson59 #NSD #WEAREChristian Hackenberg
Georgia product Neiko Robinson was one of the Nittany Lions great signings from the South …
National Signing Day 2013: Neiko Robinson poised to sign with Penn State Great sign from the deep SouthBruce Plesser
Neiko Robinson: "That’s the beauty of recruiting. They came and found me." On Penn State recruiting him. #pnjpreps @psufootballBill Vilona
Neiko Robinson had never been to Pennsylvania and never seen snow until recruiting visit to Penn State @psufootball #pnjpreps#SigningDayBill Vilona
Zayd Issah also became an official Nittany Lion …
My youngin’s signing day..congrats bro keep grindin @zaydissah #psu
#NSD Issah
We’ve been through alot together couldn’t have made it through without you guys @chackenberg1 @GarrettSickels @ANelson59 @AdamBreneman81Brendan Mahon
Congrats to all the PSU signees today. Welcome to the family! #WeAre @chackenberg1 @skeetermills_ @zaydissah @Thee1NonlyBBELLNittany Lion
DaeSean Hamilton marked the event with his family …
My amazing family on National Signing Day #WeAre Penn State Bound ! Hamilton
Head coach Bill O’Brien had good things to say about this class …
Bill O’Brien: We found the 17 guys who best fit our football program at Penn State.Nittany Lions Den
O’Brien: "We are not about collecting talent, we are about building a team."Tony Mancuso
Penn State Welcomes the Signing Class of 2013gopsutv
2013 @PennStateFball signing class by state: 4 PA, 4 NJ, 3 VA, 2 AL, 1 CA, 1 GA, 1 MD, 1 D.C. #OneTeamTony Mancuso
And, of course, the Nittany Lion faithful couldn’t help but weigh in on this year’s crop of recruits …
Penn state football’s future is lookin goooooodMax King
@chackenberg1 true man for staying with Penn State with everything that happened. #respect #WeArePennStateJake Lakos
Top recruits Christian Hackenberg & Adam Breneman signed! So excited to watch them in the fall. #PennState Torr
Can finally breathe @chackenberg1 @GarrettSickels @BigBabyMahon @SkeeterMills_ @KG_III are all signed, sealed and delivered #PSURecruitsBrandon Patterson
@Plowboyy the #1 qb in the nation said he didn’t go to penn state to win bowl games. He went for a education. #dumbasspreston stewart
I personally cannot wait to see what Bill O’Brien turns Christian Hackenberg and Adam Breneman into.Mitchell Knapp
Thank you @BigBabyMahon @GarrettSickels @chackenberg1 @AdamBreneman81 #WeAre
Congrats to Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman81) on being named the 3rd overall TE prospect in the country according to!SigningDay
#24 recruiting class in the nation. O’Brien is just doing an unbelievable job at Penn State #WeAreBrandon Musso
Penn state is still in the top 25 for recruiting, even with the less scholarships. #PennState #WEAREMauro Nicholas ✅
Shout out to @chackenberg1 @zaydissah @AdamBreneman81 @GarrettSickels @BigBabyMahon and the rest of the class of 2013 on signing with psu!Shawn Kane
Crazy to think after everything penn state has been through penn they still have the number 4 recruiting class in the big10 #impressiveJake McLaughlin
Penn State Football is about to be nice next season. #PSUGreg Gaydos

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