It's been a busy few months for Penn State coach James Franklin and his staff. A single mandatory week of vacation (which ended Monday) has acted as a barrier between the spring evaluation period and the summer camp cycle.
Speaking of the former, it kicks off Sunday at University Park, when rising seniors and underclassmen alike will arrive for the first of five one-day prospect camps the program will hold in June and July.
Below, we kick off a four part series recapping Penn State's recruiting efforts to date with a look back at the class of 2014.
Back to the Future
Plenty of attention (and with good reason) has been focused on the Class of 2015 following the signed, sealed and delivered Letters of Intent from the Class of 2014 in February. That class is soon coming back into the focus, though.
The second summer session at Penn State kicks off June 29, and according to Franklin, the entire class is anxious to get after it.
"You talk to those guys constantly," Franklin said recently. "Most of these guys, we've even seen while we were out recruiting. Everybody, we're expecting and anticipating being not just in [preseason] camp, but summer school.
"All of them will be taking six credits this summer. … They'll be there working out all summer."
It's an important fact considering the Lions' current depth issues.
"We expect them all to be on campus and starting to get adjusted. Especially because we're going to be depending on a lot of them."
"We expect them all to be on campus and starting to get adjusted," he said. "Especially because we're going to be depending on a lot of them."
According to current all-star game rosters, the only signee expected to participate in a summer contest before enrolling is Scranton, (Pa.) Prep tackle Noah Beh, who will play in the Big 33 Classic June 14 at Hersheypark Stadium.
So what is Penn State getting in its soon to be arriving group?
The Nittany Lions' lack of depth is well known along the offensive line, so Franklin plugged in a pair of former Vanderbilt commitments, Brendan Brosnan and Chance Sorrell, to join previous Penn State verbals Noah Beh and Chasz Wright.
It's still expected Beh will need a year to develop, and Brosnan and Sorrell might, too. The latter, however, has filled out well (and is working at 290 pounds now according to his father). The Ohio three-star may be best suited to join Wright, who enrolled in January and participated in spring drills, on the field if Penn State should need help in the trenches right out of the gate.
On the other side of the ball, California four-star Koa Farmer was inked after a hard push by Franklin and his staff at the end of the recruiting cycle. While Franklin had to take a red-eye flight to get out of California after visiting 6-foot-1, 200 pound prospect, it may turn out to be the most important flight the new head coach made after arriving in January. Farmer has immense potential, and could start at a linebacker spot from day one if not in the secondary.
Finally, when it comes to under the radar prospects with a chance to turn into consistent performers, State's last commitment, from Alabama two-star Torrence Brown on Feb. 5 (he signed the same day), fits the bill. Brown is expected to bump up to defensive end upon arrival, and though Penn State needed all the time it had to get him into the class, it filled a need created when Louisville Seneca end Lloyd Tubman flipped to Kentucky.