Saturday was a big day for the Stanko family.
The first commit in Penn State's Class of 2012, Howland (Ohio) High offensive lineman Anthony Stanko and his parents watched the telecast of Bill O'Brien being named the Nittany Lions' first new head football coach since 1966.
And even though Stanko was watching from Warren, Ohio, the man who is replacing Penn State legend Joe Paterno left a lasting impression.
"I like him a lot," Stanko said. "I think he has a great passion for the job."
He added, "Plus, he answered all the questions in the press conference exactly how he should have."
Stanko, who has been an outspoken leader of the Class of 2012, was impressed with more than just O'Brien's demeanor. He has never wavered in his commitment to PSU.
"I also like that he is trying to get the best of the best (assistant) coaches," Stanko said. "He seems like a great coach to lead us into the future."
It is a future Stanko is excited to learn more about. O'Brien is the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, who feature one of the most powerful scoring attacks in the NFL.
"I haven't done too much research and I haven't had a chance to look at his offense yet," Stanko said Sunday night. "But it seems like he does a great job with the Patriots."