New Penn State head coach James Franklin has repeated at just about every opportunity presented how difficult it was to leave Vanderbilt for what he coined his dream job. Brendan Brosnan found himself in the same boat.
The Main South (Park Ridge, Ill) 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive tackle considers himself a loyal person, not one to renege on his word. He still does, even if he became the third former Vanderbilt commit to join Franklin at Penn State late Sunday night.
"Before [Franklin] left, it was kind of confusing trying to figure out what he was going to do," Brosnan said. "When I heard he was leaving, I was a little disappointed, but you can't blame the guy. That's what he wanted to do, and I was happy for him.
"Penn State was the better option for me. I sat down with my parents and coach for a few hours, and made the decision."
The three-star prospect, like the two other former Commodore commits who changed gears since Franklin was hired Saturday, cited a strong bond with the new Lion leader, and a belief in his ability to win, recruit and take Penn State back to the top.
Franklin has been adamant in recent interviews that while a school is part of the recruiting process, the coach at it is as important if not more so. Brosnan proves that.
"I believe in Coach Franklin's passion and enthusiasm for the football," Brosnan said. "It's really contagious and motivating, and I can see myself doing well under him.
"I think his players are going to respond to him, and so are the fans. He's an amazing recruiter, I know that firsthand. I believe he's going to get top-notch kids to come to Penn State."
The prospect has never visited University Park as a recruit, and his only steps on Happy Valley soil came when he was younger. Further, he also doesn't know who his position coach will be.
Offensive line coach Mac McWhorter remains on staff at State as of this writing, but it doesn't appear likely that he will continue on Franklin's staff. Both curiosities will be remedied soon, though. Brosnan said he will visit Penn State either this weekend or next, and is confident that whoever his offensive line coach is, he will be a good one.
"I know whoever Coach Franklin decides to pick, he will be OK with me because it will be a great coach," Brosnan said. "I was projected to play left tackle at Vanderbilt, but we haven't talked about at Penn State. I would prefer left or right tackle because of my length and size, but I'll play wherever they need me to play."
Described by acquaintances as nice off the field with a mean streak on the field, he is the fourth offensive linemen to join the class. New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Prep tackle Chasz Wright enrolled in classes Monday, while Scranton (Pa.) Prep tackle Noah Beh will arrive in June. Middletown (Ohio ) High tackle Chance Sorrell previous flipped from Vandy.
"As a person, I think I am an extremely hard worker and I will do anything to get where I need to be," Brosnan said. "I think I can move really well and be athletic for my size, and will keep that athleticism even when I put on another 30 pounds or so."