The Penn State Nittany Lions are off to a fast start for 2004 with their first commitment.
"I committed to Penn State on Thursday morning on an unofficial visit," said 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back Matt Hahn from Long Island (N.Y.) St. Anthony's. "Penn State has always been a school that I've been interested in and when I got the chance to see it and meet with the coaches it was great."
Hahn, who also had offers from Michigan State, Maryland and Georgia Tech, liked what PSU had to say on his trip.
"I was being recruited by coach Brian Norwood and me and my Dad decided to take a trip. I met with coach Fran Gantner and he explained they wanted me at Penn State as what he called a super back. It's not a fullback or a tailback, more of the position Larry Johnson played which is basically a big back who will carry the ball and split out and catch some passes."
Hahn rushed for 1,386 yards as a junior and scored 30 touchdowns. He felt PSU was a fit for him academically as well.
"Academically it had everyting I wanted. I want to major in business and I met with several business professors," he said. "Coach Paterno was at a coaches meeting in Hawaii so I didn't get a chance to meet with him but I will be going back there sometime in March to meet with him. Penn State basically had everything I wanted and I think it fit me the best out of all the other schools I have seen.