With James Franklin being the coach for just a little over a year now, we all are surprised with what he has done as far as recruiting goes.
Currently, the 2015 recruiting class sits at No. 10 nationally and second in the Big Ten, behind only the National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes. When Franklin said he would “Dominate The State,” the man kept to his word, reeling in six of the state’s top 10 recruits and is hot on the tail of other in-state recruits.
At this point, the class consists of 20 prospects, including three prospects who have already signed their National Letter of Intent and are on campus. The three prospects on campus includes quarterback Tommy Stevens out of Indianapolis, IN; offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins out of Pittsburgh, PA and JUCO OT Paris Palmer from Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, PA. Having enrolled early in classes, they are able to participate in winter workouts and spring practices and the annual Blue and White game.
The rest of the class is set to enroll at the end of June. I expect to see coach James Franklin and the rest of the Nittany Lions staff to end the class with 25-26 total prospects come National Signing Day on February 4th.
Having missed out on top defensive line target and four-star recruit Christian Wilkins of Hartford, Connecticut, I expect the staff to address the defensive line and add more depth to what is already a very thin position. With eleven defensive lineman returning next season and two DL in the recruiting class, I expect three-star DT Robert Windsor of Fond Du Lac, WI and three-star DT Kamaal Seymour of Brooklyn, NY to commit to Penn State along with three-star Pittsburgh Central Catholic safety Johnny Petrishen, a very late blooming recruit who received most of his big-time Division I offers late into his senior season.
The last of the 2/3 spots left are up in the air, most likely to be filled by players James Franklin flips on signing day or someone he offers within the next few weeks. Penn State fans everywhere should be incredibly excited for the future of Penn State football.
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