Brackett Discusses Decision

Family is a very important factor in any decision we make in our lives. But for Lawrence, N.J., quarterback Brett Brackett, it was his family that led him to his decision to commit to Penn State.

Obviously, there were other determining factors such as the comfort level he felt with the school and the coaches, but ultimately it was a family decision.

Brackett took two unofficial visits to University Park within the past two months, the latest being a trip on Tuesday. Upon his return home, Brackett and his family had a meeting.

“Me and my parents sat down and talked, we have a very close family,” Brackett said. “I wanted to stay close to home, and three of the schools that have offered gave me the best opportunity to play ball and be close to home: Penn State, Boston College and Rutgers. I had to decide what was best, and I chose Penn State.”

Brackett decided on Wednesday evening that it was time to make his decision, so he called Nittany Lion assistant coach Dick Anderson, who was recruiting him for PSU.

“I told him that I was very impressed on Tuesday, and it was a perfect fit for me,” Brackett said. “I told him I wanted to be a Nittany Lion.”

In an ironic twist, it turns out that Grandma Brackett has ties to Anderson.

“My grandmother went to school with him, and my dad has been a Penn State fan for a while now,” Brackett said.

So what led the quarterback to decide now?

“I just had a gut feeling when I was there, it's a great situation,” Brackett said. “I felt comfortable with the offense and the coaches, and Penn State people are my kind of people.”

Brackett has stated he wanted to decide early, but he wasn't certain it would be this soon.

“I wanted to get it done before the season, when we went there my family loved it, and they had no bad feelings about Penn State, everything just seemed to fit.”

Now the key is for Penn State to hold on to the Garden State signal caller until signing day. But after talking to Bracket, that does not appear to be an issue.

“I don't think anything could provoke me to change my mind, I'm very happy,”

Brackett said. “I'm happy it's over, and I found what I wanted.”

With a few young quarterbacks in the fold, what are Brackett's expectations for playing time?

“Whatever happens, happens,” he said. “Everyone wants to compete for the top spot, but if I have to redshirt so be it.”

So what kind of player can the Nittany Lion faithful expect to see in Brett Brackett?

“I'm an athletic, determined, strong-willed kid who likes to get things done,” Brackett said.

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