James Franklin has changed his recruiting tactics. The results have Penn State Football poised to sign consecutive top-ten classes.
After a down year on and off the field during the 2020 season, the sky was falling in Happy Valley.
Penn State Football finished a pandemic-shortened season with a losing record. To make matters worse, the 2021 recruiting class finished outside the top 20 for the first time under James Franklin.
While the on-field results still have the sky falling, the recent success on the recruiting trail is the sun shining through the clouds.
Franklin is many things. A questionable in-game decision-maker. A coach that has struggled to find a successful offensive coordinator since Joe Moorhead left for greener pastures. A coach that has created distractions by not simply saying he has no interest in another position.
Franklin is also an incredible recruiter.
He creates a family atmosphere as well as any other coach in the country. The players that decide to play at Penn State don’t typically regret their decision.
Good coaches make adjustments wherever they are necessary. James Franklin has adjusted his recruiting philosophy. The results have been immediate.