Franklin: Penn State Received National Recruiting Bump

The Nittany Lion coach said his program is getting more interest from recruits across the nation after last year's Big Ten title and Rose Bowl bid.

ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State’s Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl bid during the 2016 season have had a direct impact on the program’s recruiting, Nittany Lion coach James Franklin said here Thursday.

At a stop of the school’s Coaches Caravan, Franklin was asked if he’s sensed a different perception of the program now as opposed to when he took over in 2014.

The biggest difference, he explained, is that Penn State is now more attractive to recruits on a national level. PSU’s Class of 2018 has two commitments from Texas prospects, and the Lions have been actively recruiting places like Florida, Arizona and California.

“Where I notice it the most right now is probably nationally,” Franklin said. “I think it’s helped us a little bit regionally, but I think where it’s had the biggest impact is nationally. Guys that are top players in Texas, guys that are top players in Florida, guys that are top players in places all over the country that we’ve reached out to, we are pretty quickly getting into their top 10s.

“That doesn’t mean you’re gonna get them,” he added. “But there’s more players nationally that are high profile players that we’re involved with than probably for a long time (at Penn State).”

From the good problem to have department, Franklin later said the increased interest from players nationally, “Is gonna put us in some tough situations, we’re gonna have to make some tough decisions.”

Check out his entire statement on recruiting above.

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