Former Penn Wood player not talking about Penn State dismissal

Shawn Oakman
Shawn Oakman
Posted: March 01, 2012

At 6-foot-9 and 260 pounds, Shawn Oakman had the size to compete for a spot at defensive end once Penn State began spring football drills on March 26.

Instead, the former two-sport star at Penn Wood High School will not be participating, having been dismissed from the team "due to a violation of team rules," according to a brief statement released Tuesday night by the athletic department.

Jeff Nelson, a department spokesman, said Wednesday he had no further information other than the fact that Oakman was enrolled in school at the time of the statement.

Contacted Wednesday, Oakman said he couldn't comment because he was "too busy."

Oakman redshirted during the 2011 season, participating on the scout team during practice.

If Oakman decides to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision (former Division I-A) school, he must sit out a year under NCAA rules. However, he could play right away if he transfers to a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) or lower-level school.

First 2013 commitment. New head coach Bill O'Brien has received his first oral commitment for the Nittany Lions' freshman class of 2013.

Christian Hackenberg, a 6-4, 210-pound quarterback at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, committed to Penn State late Tuesday, according to several recruiting websites.

Hackenberg, who visited Penn State during the Nittany Lions' junior day on Feb. 19, also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Rutgers, and Miami. Rivals.com has given him a four-star rating and ranks him 153th among all players in his class.

Hackenberg's coach, Mickey Sullivan, told Rivals that the player was impressed with O'Brien's background as offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.

"Having a head coach that ran an NFL offense with Tom Brady certainly didn't hurt," Sullivan said.

Hackenberg spent part of his childhood in Tamaqua, Pa., near Allentown, before his family moved.


Contact Joe Juliano at 215-854-4494 or jjuliano@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @joejulesinq


Rick O'Brien contributed to this article.

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