After visiting Penn State University on Tuesday and meeting with coach Bill O’Brien, Oakcrest High School rising senior Brandon Bell reaffirmed his verbal commitment to play football for the Nittany Lions in 2013.

“I didn’t make my decision based off of just today, I talked it over with my mom and dad and I prayed on it,” Bell said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “It still feels like it’s the right place for me to be.”

Bell and his father took a tour of the facilities, spoke with several coaches, watched practice and sat in on a linebacker meeting.

“It was all really good and then I wrapped it up with a nice talk with Coach O’Brien,” Bell said.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker and running back has started for the Falcons since his sophomore year.

He has made 117 tackles, 22 for a loss, and had six sacks along with three forced fumbles last season. He is a two-time Press first-team All-Star.

He verbally committed to play for the Nittany Lions in June, but the sanctions handed down to the program last month following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal have caused a number of recruits to rethink their decisions.

“I feel as though the values and reasons why I chose Penn State, even before all the chaos, still stand strong,” Bell said.

Bell’s commitment to Penn State will not become official until he signs a national letter of intent. The first day he can sign that Feb. 6, 2013, under NCAA regulations.

If Bell attends Penn State and is redshirted his freshman year in 2013, he will be eligible to attend bowls games and compete for the national championship with the Nittany Lions his junior and senior years.

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