Hackenberg: "This is Where I Want to Play"

Penn State's standout freshman quarterback addressed his status in a meeting with the media at Lasch Building Wednesday.

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is all in with new Nittany Lion coach James Franklin.

Meeting with the media Wednesday for the first time since Franklin was named as Bill O'Brien's successor at PSU, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year said he was staying put despite the coaching change.

“I'm still here,” Hackenberg said. “This is where I want to play ball.”

News broke of O'Brien heading to the NFL's Houston Texans on New Year's Eve. The next day, Hackenberg's father, Erick, told the Harrisburg Patriot-News he was not sure what the future held for his hard-throwing son.

“Right now we'll sit tight, see how the school does and how quickly they move forward,” Erick Hackenberg to the Patriot-News at the time. Eleven days later, PSU hired Franklin away from Vanderbilt.

The younger Hackenberg returned to campus from semester break Sunday and had a productive one-on-one talk with the new coach.

“I really wasn't going in there looking to hear anything in particular,” Hackenberg said. “He was up front; he was honest with me about what he wanted to do. He didn't have to sell me on anything. … It was a great meeting. I just got to know him on a personal level, more so than through the recruiting process.”

Asked if he ever considered leaving Penn State after O'Brien left, Hackenberg said he did not.

“I'm here,” Hackenberg said. “I don't plan on going anywhere else.”

You can see the extended interview with Hackenberg above.

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