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Penn State Football: Recent Recruiting Moves Continue to Build James Franklin’s Team


Last week, there was the news that Thomas Holley and Troy Vincent, Jr. had flipped their commitments from Penn State to other schools. New head coach James Franklin came into Penn State with a great recruiting track record, but some may have been worried after he was unable to hold on to two recruits. However, recent recruiting moves should give fans hope and let them know that Franklin knows exactly what he is doing and everything will be fine.

Over the weekend, 4-star tight end recruit Mike Gesicki, who also had high interest from rival Ohio State, reaffirmed his commitment to the Nittany Lions. Franklin made a trip to New Jersey over the weekend to meet with Gesicki and his family and talk about his future with the program.

Gesicki will join a crop of talented Penn State tight ends that already includes Kyle Carter, Jesse James, Adam Breneman and Brent Wilkerson.

After keeping the commitment of the talented Gesicki, Penn State received more good news on Monday, when two of Franklin’s former Vanderbilt commits decided to join him with the Nittany Lions.

3-star quarterback Trace McSorley will now be coming to Penn State. This is an important move because it now gives the Nittany Lions three quarterbacks on the roster who are under scholarship. 2013 backup Tyler Ferguson decided to transfer after the season, leaving starter Christian Hackenberg as the only quarterback on scholarship.

McSorley joins fellow quarterback, 4-star recruit Michael O’Connor, in the class of 2014. O’Connor is currently already enrolled at Penn State.

Joining McSorley in flipping from Vanderbilt to Penn State on Monday was cornerback Grant Haley. The native of Atlanta, Georgia is a 3-star recruit who will give the Nittany Lions much-needed depth in the secondary and could find himself serving many different roles. Haley told Sean Fitz of 247sports.com,  “They want me to play corner, kick return and punt return.”

With the two announcements on Monday, Penn State now have five former Vanderbilt recruits in its 2014 class. Offensive lineman Brendan Brosnan, offensive lineman Chance Sorrell and defensive end Lloyd Tubman had previously announced their plans to follow Franklin to Happy Valley.

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