Big Ten Signing Day: Franklin has 'em flipping for Penn State

Big Ten Signing Day: Franklin has 'em flipping for Penn State
February 7, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

There are few days as frantic as National Signing Day. And sometimes it can be a difficult enough task to try and keep up with news of one team, let alone 12 of them.

Well, now that all the Signing Day hubbub has died down, it’s a good time to take a look at what happened in the Big Ten. How did the teams do? Who are the big-name recruits coming to the conference next season? And how happy were the coaches with their respective hauls? We’ve broken it down, team-by-team.

Penn State Nittany Lions

(Rivals rankings: 3rd Big Ten, 24th nationally)

James Franklin hasn’t been the Penn State head coach for very long. But when he made the trip from Vanderbilt to Happy Valley, he brought plenty with him: a winning resume, plenty of excitement, the majority of his coaching staff. And, oh yeah, a handful of recruits.

The list of recruits who flipped to Penn State includes quarterback Trace McSorley and a pair of offensive lineman in Chance Sorrell and Brendan Brosnan. All three prospects were ranked three stars by Rivals. And in addition to the recruits he brought with him from Vanderbilt, Franklin also managed to flip four-star athlete Koa Farmer and three-star athlete Torrence Brown. Though he has a reduced number of scholarships to work with at Penn State, Franklin seems to already be working his recruiting magic. Not a bad start.

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Recruits in Rivals 250:

146. Chris Godwin, four-star wide receiver (Middletown, Del.)
184. Michael O;Connor, four-star quarterback (Bradenton, Fla.)
248. Saeed Blacknall, four-star wide receiver (Manalapan, N.J.)

Coach speak: “I'm very comfortable,” Franklin said when asked how comfortable he was going after kids he recruited to play at Vanderbilt. “I go to sleep at night feeling really good about how we conduct our business. When we got the job, we called all the Penn State commitments, had great conversation with them, kind of told them who we were and the next thing we did was called all our former Vanderbilt commitments to let them know what happened and why, and to be honest, a lot of those kids started recruiting us and it's because of the relationship.

“And we all know the school is a huge factor, but once the guys narrow it down to a number of schools it's no different than anybody else in this room it comes down to relationships, it comes down to who you're most comfortable with. And from that point on, in my opinion, it's my own responsibility to do everything in my power to help Penn State be as successful as we possibly can and we leave that up to the kids and their parents to decide what is in their best interest.”