James Franklin's hot start to fill Penn State's class of 2015 has been fairly balanced.
With a recent de-commitment, however, the class now slants slightly to the offensive side of the ball.
The class stands at 15 members, filled with prospects the program believes fit the mold Franklin said he was looking for back in February.
"I think the first thing is we want winners, guys that are handling their business academically, challenging themselves in course work.""I think the first thing is we want winners, guys that are handling their business academically, challenging themselves in course work." Franklin said. "I think you look for absences and tardies on the transcripts, I think that's a strong indicator of work ethic, we want guys that are going to go to class and handle their business academically and we want guys that we can talk about and ask people in the community."
In part two of our four part recruiting reset series, we breakdown what Penn State has gained so far on offense in its class of 2015, and revisit our projected scholarship use by position from February.
Class of 2015 Snapshot: Offense
Projected Use: 0-1
Progress: "This is not a serious position of need," was the description used to describe the quarterback spot in the Cass of 2015 in February. It still applies, but Penn State landed a serious talent in four-star New Jersey signal caller Brandon Wimbush nonetheless. It has since closed up shop at the position.
Projected Use: 1-2
Progress: Another position from the closed-up-shop file, Penn State long targeted Harrisburg, Pa., Bishop McDevitt four-star Andre Robinson, and though the coaching change temporarily allowed others (such as Ohio State) to move in, Franklin closed the deal and landed the junior in short order. The Lions also picked off Whitehall, Pa., four-star Saquon Barkley, a one-time Rutgers verbal commitment, to fill its need at the position.
Projected Use: 1-2
Progress: The first position that could extend past our original calculations should the right player want to pledge, Penn State wasted no time here, either. It landed Glassboro, N.J., four-star receiver Juwan Johnson to play outside, then paired Virginia four-star pass catcher Brandon Polk with him to play inside. That slowed down recruiting at the position.
Projected Use: 1
Progress: Penn State seemed in fine position with Avon, Conn., Old Farms four-star Chris Clark following a spring visit, but fell out of contention in short order when he committed to North Carolina the next day. He has since de-committed from the program, but has shown little interest in Penn State. Given the talent already in the fold at PSU, the staff will not be forced to "settle" for any players here.
Projected Use: 4-5
Progress: So far, so good for Penn State here. The position got rolling with Warminster, Pa., Archbishop Wood versatile four-star lineman Ryan Bates, and kept chugging with verbal pledges from New Jersey four-star guard Steven Gonzalez and Pittsburgh Baldwin four-star tackle Sterling Jenkins. The Lions can be selective now, and that starts with four-star Garden State tackle Grant Newsome, who will visited Wednesday into Thursday before leaving University Park for Ann Arbor and Michigan. A decision could be on the way soon from the junior.