New Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin has begun to build his first full recruiting class. With the 2015 recruiting season just a month old, Franklin has already received commitments from some of the top high school players available. With seven commitments to date, the major recruiting services have the Nittany Lions ranked as a top-10 class for 2015.
Three of the players are in the top 250 nationally according to 247Sports.
Before Franklin arrived at Penn State he was already known around college football as being a top recruiter. Franklin was the head coach at Vanderbilt, a school with rigorous admission standards and a history of residing near the bottom of the SEC conference. Franklin quickly changed that, brining in top talent and making the Commodores a team to watch in the SEC.
Now as the head man of the Nittany Lions, Franklin has a chance to pair his recruiting ability with a program that has a strong tradition and a large following of supporters. At the press conference introducing him as the Penn State head football coach Franklin talked about recruiting and his plan to “Dominate the State.”
So far, he’s lived up to that promise.
Of the seven recruits, four of them are ranked as 4-star prospects. Three of those 4-star recruits and five total hail from Pennsylvania.
Running back Andre Robinson is the best of the bunch. According to the 247sports composite rankings, Robinson is ranked No. 157 nationally and the No. 12 running back. He plays his high school ball close to State College in Harrisburg at Bishop McDevitt High School. With another year of high school remaining and more time to develop, he has the potential to be a top running back at the collegiate level.
Offensive tackle Ryan Bates, from Archbishop Wood in Warminster, PA is ranked 167th among all recruits. He’s one of the top tackles in the 2015 class and is a prospect that the Nittany Lions can build around on the offensive line. From being in the SEC, Franklin understands the importance of recruiting highly-ranked, athletic linemen.
The third 4-star recruit from Pennsylvania is Saquon Barkley from Whitehall, PA. He was originally committed to Rutgers. He’s currently ranked as the No. 20 running back in the country and the No. 268 recruit overall.
Also from the Keystone State are 3-star defensive end Ryan Buchholz and 3-star linebacker Jake Cooper, a current teammate of Bates at Archbishop Wood.
Rounding out the current commits is 4-star defensive end Kamonte Carter from Maryland and 3-star safety Jarvis Miller from Conneticut. Miller was the first of the class to commit and Carter is currently ranked No. 233 by 247sports.
It’s still very early in the recruiting process, but so far it’s looking good for Franklin and the Nittany Lions. Penn State has the potential to sign even more talent, as Franklin has offers out to several of the top recruits in the nation, including the No. 1 recruit, defensive tackle Trent Thompson.
Based on the first few weeks of recruiting for the 2015 class, James Franklin has given Penn State fans hope for a bright future.
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