Penn State goes all in on Football, James Franklin with mega-extension

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

4. Penn State Football’s 2022 Recruiting Class 

The potential incremental gain of moving on from head coach James Franklin, is not worth the potential, and more likely, regression.

That rings more true when speaking of the incoming 2022 recruiting class than anything else with the program currently. With potential program changing players in quarterback Drew Allar, running back Nick Singleton and defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton, their ’22 class currently sits at no. 5 in the nation.

Where that eventually nets out is still to be seen, however this class is not worth potentially losing unless literally Nick Saban is coming to Happy Valley next year. To nobody’s surprise, that is not happening, however if you let Franklin walk to LSU or USC, their is a high likelihood that some of those key players would go elsewhere as well.

Quarterback Drew Allar has referenced many a times when discussing Penn State Football, his relationship with offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich as a huge reason for him coming to State College. If you lose Franklin, you more than likely lose Yurcich which could lead to losing Allar.

With Allar being the centerpiece to this whole class, who knows what his indecision could do to playing like Singleton or other offenisive players like Kaden Saunders or Drew Shelton.

After a 2021 recruiting class that finished 21st in the nation, the ’22 class is that much more important. In order to compete with Ohio State in conference, and teams like Alabama and Georgia on a more national level, these types of recruiting classes need to be the norm.

Getting this class officially signed and on campus is step one, with Franklin having long term commitment with Penn State Football, he should be able to repeat this success on the recruiting trail in 2023 and beyond.