Brendan Brosnan, ladies and gentlemen!
Home/HS: Park Ridge, IL/Maine South
Weight: 275 lbs
Recruited by: James Franklin
Starz 'n Sheetz:
Stars: 3* 247, Rivals, Scout, ESPN
Offer Sheet: Vanderbilt (had committed July 18, 2013), Ball State, Boston College, Central Michigan, Holy Cross, Illinois, Maryland, Miami (OH), NC State, San Diego State, Syracuse, Toledo, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan
Nothing embeddable, but you can find Brendan's video on ESPN, here.
Brosnan is the third former Vanderbilt commit to flip to the Nittany Lions in the four days since James Franklin took the helm in Happy Valley, and reportedly one of at least six former Commodore players to get offers from the PSU program.
While the Penn State offer came with the new staff, Brosnan isn't unfamiliar with the B1G; the Illini were the first major program to offer him, and he attended camp in Iowa City with the Hawkeyes. Brendan's commitment wasn't one that was expected by most, as his PSU offer seemed pretty under the radar, though now it seems more unlikely that onetime Maryland commit Jared Cohen (a 4* offensive lineman) will not be a part of Penn State's 2014 recruiting class.
He already has okay size for an offensive lineman (though not great), and though his position coach has yet to be named, Franklin was one big draw for Brosnan to come to Penn State (another may be rumors that Vandy OL coach Herb Hand is on his way); he's yet to set foot on campus. With former S&C coach Fitz's mentor, Dwight Galt III, at the helm of the weight room, look for Brosnan to put on weight and, though it's not likely, he could challenge for playing time early at a position that is thin due to graduation and attrition.
Brosnan had a finger injury that required surgery this fall, but that likely won't hinder him come summer, when he enrolls at PSU.
Welcome to Penn State, Brendan!