What About BOB?

Several commits in Penn State's Class of 2012 give their initial impressions of new Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien after having the opportunity to speak with him one-on-one.

It's been a roller coaster couple of weeks for the Penn State Class of 2012.

But now, they have what they have been waiting for – a new head coach in Patriots Offensive Coordinator Bill O'Brien.

And some of them, like the first Class of 2012 commit, offensive lineman Anthony Stanko from Howland High in Ohio Anthony Stanko, are really impressed by O'Brien.

"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."

Many of the commits will take their official visits Friday, and will have a chance to meet him, most likely Sunday. After he coaches the Patriots playoff game against the Broncos Saturday night.

But for now, they only have their first impressions.

"The call with Coach O'Brien was good," Defensive Back Armani Reeves out of Catholic Memorial High in West Roxbury, Mass., said. "He was very energetic and real positive."

He added, "And just really excited to talk to me. We talked for a while."

Many commits, like Reeves, committed early and have been looking around at other schools – but O'Brien has left them with a sense of intrigue. .

"I think he was just kind of relieved to get a chance to speak to Coach O'Brien," Brent Williams said of his son, Catholic Memorial Linebacker Camren Williams. "Because it was just an introductory call, we are trying to learn the defense and their vision."

Williams, like his teammate Reeves has looked around at other schools, but is looking forward to learning what O'Brien is all about.

Just like, tight end Brent Wilkerson from Dematha High in Hyattsville, Md.

"He seems cool," Wilkerson said. "I'm looking forward to meeting him his weekend."

Reeves has listed other schools of interest as Michigan and Ohio State, while Williams lists Ohio State – although both have never officially decommitted from the Lions.

Wilkerson committed to Penn State in April – and similar to Williams and Reeves has looked at Nebraska along with Penn State. All three will use their visits in the coming weeks to potentially re-affirm their commitment.

But, there are several recruits who have remained completely committed to the Nittany Lions, like New Hampshire defensive back Jake Kiley – who spoke to O'Brien Sunday night.

"I thought he was well spoken," Kiley said. "And had his heart and his mind in the right places moving forward."

And defensive lineman Brian Gaia from GIlman School in Baltimore, Md., thought the same thing.

"He called me Monday night," Gaia said. "He seemed to be a really nice guy."

He added, "I am just really excited to play for him."

Many recruits in the Class of 2012 will be in State College on Friday for their official visits. Make sure and check Fight On State for the latest list of prospects attending.

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