Here’s a quick recap of the latest recruiting movements since Penn State hired James Franklin on Saturday. Be sure to check out our recruiting section – it’s got bio information, videos, quotes, links and more for members of the 2014 recruiting class.
Remember, National Signing Day isn’t until Feb. 5, so to this point, all commitments were verbal only. That means players are free to change their minds without penalty.
Incoming: Franklin is bringing three recruits with him to Penn State. Offensive linemen Chance Sorrell and Brendan Brosnan, and defensive lineman Lloyd Tubman were originally committed to Vanderbilt, but they switched their commitments shortly after Franklin was hired by the Nittany Lions. In fact, news came out the night Franklin was hired that Sorrell and Tubman were coming with him.
Lost commits: Penn State’s previous top recruit, defensive lineman Thomas Holley, said Wednesday that he was changing his commitment from Penn State to Florida. The move was largely attributed to Penn State’s loss of longtime recruiter and defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who left for Ohio State. And on Thursday, multiple media outlets reported that defensive back Troy Vincent Jr. was flipping his commitment from Penn State to NC State.
Those moves bring the Lions’ 2014 class to 20 players, including five who enrolled early on Monday. Penn State has 23 scholarships available.
In a related interesting note, on Tuesday, Franklin appeared on the Dan Patrick Show and was asked about flipping recruits amid coaching regime changes. According to a USA Today article, Franklin said that players commit to a coach, not a school — and that could help explain why these five moves have happened in the wake of Franklin’s hiring at Penn State.
“I don’t know what the (unwritten) rules are there,” Franklin said on The Dan Patrick Show. “I know that I’ve been sitting in living rooms with families and kids, and selling them on a dream and selling them on a vision and our relationship. And I think a lot of people say kids should commit to a school, not a coach. But the reality is they do. Families and kids, they want to make sure their son is going to be taken care of and it’s about the relationship aspect.
“So my responsibility is to do everything in my power to make sure that I put a team together that can help Penn State be successful. The people that I’ve been recruiting for the last two years that I know inside and out, and know the type of men they are and type of families they come from, that’s going to happen. And my job now is to do everything I possibly can to help Penn State be successful.”
– James Franklin, as quoted by Jeff Lockridge, USA Today