Brendan Brosnan of Maine South

Maine South's Brendan Brosnan. (Mike Helfgot, Photo for the Tribune / February 14, 2014)

Brendan Brosnan made national recruiting news by opting to sign with Penn State rather than Vanderbilt.

Some of his Maine South teammates still are weighing their college options.

Brosnan, a Tribune first-team All-State offensive lineman, was the lone member of the Hawks to put his signature on a letter of intent during national signing day last week.

He committed to Vanderbilt over the summer, six months before head coach James Franklin left the Commodores for Penn State.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Brosnan was among Franklin's six Vanderbilt commits to follow him to Penn State.

"Franklin and his staff recruited him," Maine South coach David Inserra said. "Vanderbilt did not recruit him. He believes in Coach Franklin."

Maine South's top defensive player in 2013, Luke Durbin, is mulling local Division III offers.

The 6-0, 235-pound nose guard had 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in garnering Central Suburban South Defensive Player of the Year honors. He could wind up at North Central.

"I think he will absolutely excel," Inserra said. "I thought he'd be a heck of a D-II player, but he has a close-knit family and he's going to stay local. He'll be an awesome fit."

Running back Clay Burdelik, two-way lineman Greg Ebacher, receiver George Sajenko and linebacker Tony Buenrostro are in varying stages of the recruiting process.

Ebacher is deciding between St. Thomas and Illinois Wesleyan. Several Division II schools are recruiting Sajenko. Buenrostro has interest from Robert Morris.

Brosnan was not the only major Division I recruit in the area.

Notre Dame running back Chris James signed with Pittsburgh. James' teammate, linebacker Dan Proano, signed with Holy Cross.

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