Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/12/14

Following the NCAA’s announcement of unprecedented sanctions for the Penn State football program on Monday, members of Penn State’s 2013 recruiting class are headed to Happy Valley to meet with the coaching staff.

Among those headed to campus to meet with coach Bill O’Brien and the staff are Adam Breneman (who organized the mass visit), Christian Hackenberg, Garrett Sickels, Brendan Mahon, Andrew Nelson and Will Fuller. The group represents half of the Nittany Lions’ 2013 class.

Breneman confirmed via twitter:

Visiting Penn State tomorrow with my boys @chackenberg1 @GarrettSickels @BigBabyMahon @Will_Fuller7!

— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman87) July 27, 2012

The recruits will talk with the coaching staff about the state of the program going forward after the NCAA levied massive sanctions. The sanctions include a four-year postseason ban and the loss of scholarships for the next four years.

O’Brien will meet with his 2013 recruiting class this weekend following the announcement of sanctions for the program on Monday.

Breneman is the top tight end in the 2013 class according to Rivals.com and is rated a four-star recruit. Hackenberg, a four-star quarterback, recently competed in the Elite 11 quarterback camp. Sickels, a defensive end, is a four-star recruit according to Rivals. Nelson (offensive line) and Fuller (wide receiver) are rated as three-star recruits by the service.

It’s weekend for coach Bill O’Brien as he hopes to stabilize his impressive 2013 class following the loss of four-star (Rivals) recruits Gregg Webb to UNC and Ross Douglas to Michigan.

O’Brien is also in the midst of trying to keep his own players currently on the roster to stay with the program. Despite  Penn State players being recruited by other schools, O’Brien estimated this week that more than 50 have said that they are staying. But that number continues to rise by the day. By my unofficial count, he has retained more than 70 players via twitter announcements and other various forms.

One of the players that hasn’t yet announced whether he’s staying of not is All-Big Ten tailback Silas Redd. The junior reportedly met with USC coach Lane Kiffin in Connecticut this week and will make a visit to the USC campus this weekend. A decision is expected on Monday.

Senior linebacker and captain Michael Mauti told reporters at Big Ten media day in Indianapolis that he had in fact spoken to Redd and “hoped he’d make the right decision” in regards to his situation.

Besides the recuits heading to campus and the Silas Redd situation, the big news out of Happy Valley could be about the Nittany Lions’ uniforms for 2012. O’Brien has talked to Nike about some changes for the upcoming season for the teams famed uniforms. While he didn’t go into specifics, it’s clear that O’Brien wants to turn the page after the NCAA sanctions.

Quick hits from coach O’Brien’s Friday presser:

  • O’Brien said today that quarterback Rob Bolden was “with us” for now.
  • Tight end Kevin Haplea visited Florida State according to sources.
  • Backup center Ty Howle is out for the season with a torn pectoral according to O’Brien.
  • O’Brien said he expects to fill roster with junior college transfers.

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