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South Jersey Football Standout Stands By Penn State for 2013

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Oakcrest H.S. running back Brandon Bell (26) - Dave Griffin / The Press of A.C.

As Penn State University attempts to rebuild its image after the “Jerry Sandusky Scandal”, the fallout and death of Joe Paterno, the sanctions against its beloved football program, and the possibility this program may never fully recover, some players are standing behind their future commitment to the State College, Pa. school – one of those is South Jersey’s Brandon Bell.

Nyssa Dougherty from The Press of Atlantic City reports that Bell’s recent visit to the PSU campus and subsequent meeting with Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien has convinced Bell to stand behind his verbal commitment to play football for Penn State starting in 2013.

While many recruits for Penn State are reconsidering their commitment to the school, Bell told The Press of A.C. that PSU “still feels like it’s the right place for me to be.”

The senior running back/linebacker for Oakcrest High School in Hamilton Township is one of the best football players in South Jersey.  His defensive skills stood out last season – 117 Tackles, 22 for a loss, 6 sacks and three forced fumbles for the Falcons.

Dougherty reports that should Bell attend Penn State and is red-shirted his freshman year, he would be eligible to attend bowls games and compete for the national championship with the Nittany Lions his junior and senior years.  The program begins a 4-year ban from bowl competition starting this year.


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