The Penn State Nittany Lions made it clear that they were looking to get two quarterback commitments for the 2006 recruiting class. Instead of offering every kid under the sun, they are going after two specifically. On Wednesday night they received a commitment from one of them.
"I committed last night," said Lawrenceville (N.J.) Lawrence quarterback Brett Brackett. "I went back to Penn State for another visit on Tuesday with my parents and just felt it was right. My first visit was great and this one was just as good."
Brackett, a 6-foot-6, 232-pounder who threw for 856 yards and eight scores as a junior, is considered by most to be the best quarterback prospect in New Jersey this year. Just days after the Elite College Combine, he received offers from Boston College, Louisville, Ole Miss, NC State and Duke. However, Penn State was one of his first offers.
"They were the first to offer me after Rutgers, so it showed they had confidence in me early," he said. "That made me more interested in them. Then when I visited, I realized that Penn State had everything I wanted and it was close to home. Everything I want is there."
Including potential playing time.
"Anthony Morelli is a very good quarterback from what I hear, so learning under him for a couple years would be okay," he said. "And if he doesn't work out, then there's even more of a chance to play early."
Competition does not scare Brackett.
"I'd have competition no matter where I go," he said. "I know that Penn State wants me and Pat Devlin as the two quarterbacks this year and that's fine. If they didn't get another quarterback this year, they'd get one next year to push me anyhow. I expect that."
Has he met Devlin?
"We talked a little bit at the Elite," he said. "He seems like a nice kid. Penn State has been very up front about their goals at quarterback from the beginning. I respect that."