It has been a big day for Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and the Nittany Lions on the recruiting trail. After picking up a commitment from Rivals250 quarterback Christian Hackenberg earlier in the day, they added a second Rivals250 prospect Wednesday night.
Earlier this week, Avon, Ohio cornerback Ross Douglas told us his commitment could come at any time and he was not opposed to an early decision. He made good on that prediction Wednesday evening.
"I just felt it today," Douglas said. "I realized I had to be at Penn State and that was the end of it.
"First, I talked it over with my dad. My dad agreed with me on everything, so I went and called Coach O'Brien and told him I was going to be a Nittany Lion. He said I made his day."
The 5-10, 180-pound Douglas picked up his scholarship offer when he attended Penn State's junior day earlier this winter. The eventual commitment to the Nittany Lions was started in motion during that visit.
"They rolled out the red carpet for me and I just fell in love with it from the jump," Douglas said. "I just felt at home at Penn State and that's ultimately what it comes down to."
The aspects that sold Douglas on Penn State were two-fold. First, it was what the University and football program stood for. Second was his relationship with the staff.
"With Penn State, it was just the University itself," Douglas said. "Then, Coach O'Brien really impressed me. I have a good relationship with the DB coach, Coach [John] Butler, and my recruiting coordinator, Coach [Stan] Hixon."
Hackenberg and Douglas are the first two commitments for Penn State in the 2013 class, and if Douglas has anything to say about it they are the start to a resurgence in Happy Valley.
"I'm going to be working on some of my friends and try to get this to be one of the best recruiting classes in the nation," Douglas said. "We are going to be good because Coach O'Brien is a great coach and I am ready to start the new era."