Despite a sharp downturn in terms of on-field success under James Franklin, Penn State Football is in the midst of its strongest recruiting stretch in years
Penn State Football has had a rough time lately, going a combined 11-11 over the last two years.
These struggles are following up a four-year stretch in which the Nittany Lions went 42-11 with a Big Ten championship and two New Year’s Six bowl victories. While the on-field product has declined, Penn State Football’s recruiting success has never been higher.
The Nittany Lions are in the process of landing back-to-back top ten recruiting classes that each include multiple 5-star recruits.
On the surface, this correlation makes no sense.
How could James Franklin and his staff possibly recruit better now than during the four-year run of 2016-2019? Winning obviously is the most important thing in college football, but it’s not the end all be all when it comes to recruiting.