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By Scott Brown
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 5:46 p.m.

A busy weekend hosting recruits translated into Penn State securing three more verbal commitments for its 2013 football class.

Harrisburg-area linebacker Zayd Issah, who had de-committed from Penn State in the aftermath of the NCAA sanctions levied against the program in July, pledged to sign with the Nittany Lions. So did Alabama linebacker Jonathan Walton and New Jersey defensive back Anthony Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Issah was the most heavily recruited of the three players.

The Central Dauphin product, plus Walton and Smith, who is at Valley Forge Military Academy, committed after making official visits to Penn State over the weekend.

Penn State has 16 verbal commitments, and a handful of those are expected to enroll in January. Among them is tight end Adam Breneman, one of the Nittany Lions' top recruits, and running back Richy Anderson, whose father starred for Penn State in the early 1990s.

Breneman and quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who also is considered a blue-chip prospect, were among the recruits who visited this week.

They attended Penn State's 78-70 win over Army in a men's basketball game, and players from the 2012 football team signed autographs before tip-off, with lines snaking around the concourse at Bryce Jordan Center. The players, along with coach Bill O'Brien, were honored at halftime.

Penn State is limited in recruiting because of scholarship reductions, and O'Brien is close to the limit that he is allowed to sign in early February.

Penn State is allowed to sign 15 recruits on national signing day, though it has some flexibility because of early enrollees.

Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at

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