Penn State Football is recruiting at an historic rate for the program, but who is leading this charge on the coaching staff?
Since James Franklin arrived at Penn State in 2014, recruiting has become a huge emphasis for the program.
A large recruiting department has been created and it continues to grow every year. Recruiting has also been complicated by NIL, but the Nittany Lions seem like they’re headed in the right direction there as well.
Penn State Football has a tendency to recruit itself with a rich history of winning on the field and preparing players for the NFL. Some of this built-in recruiting advantage was weakened after the NCAA sanctions dropped in 2012, but Franklin did a good job repairing much of that.
NIL deals, winning games and NFL draft picks are big factors in recruiting, but so are relationships. Having assistant coaches who can go out and build a strong relationship with a recruit and his family is a crucial piece in being a strong recruiting program.
Franklin’s staff underwent plenty of changes over the years, some coaches were great recruiters, others not so much. His current staff may be his best from a recruiting standpoint, so let’s take a look at which assistants really get after it on the recruiting trail.