O'Brien could struggle with first class

With Penn State set to hire New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, the Nittany Lions can finally turn the recruiting corner. But there is a lot of work to be done.

Penn State commitments and targets were left for months without answers as to who would guide them out of the tunnel next season in Beaver Stadium. It was a foregone conclusion in November the current staff would not be retained after Tom Bradley replaced iconic coach Joe Paterno on an interim basis in November.

And the time it took to hire a new coach has shredded what could have been a special class and will make it hard to salvage with less than a month remaining before Feb. 1's national signing day.