Since he took over the Penn State program, head coach James Franklin and his coaching staff have been among the best recruiters in the nation.
Despite that recruiting success in recent years, Franklin made it clear he’s not happy with this year’s class. Penn State currently holds the No. 33 recruiting class in the 2021 cycle.
That’s not good enough for Franklin. The Nittany Lions haven’t finished outside the top-15 in the past four years, but sit will outside that mark right now.
In a zoom call with reporters on Thursday afternoon, the Penn State head coach addressed his current recruiting class.
“I want to be clear on this, that this class is not done, but up to this point, we haven’t gotten it done. We have not recruited up to the standard that we normally have.”
James Franklin, being blunt on Penn State’s Class of 2021 recruiting so far: “I want to be clear on this, that this class is not done, but up to this point, we haven’t gotten it done. We have not recruited up to the standard that we normally have.”
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) September 17, 2020
Penn State currently has 13 commits in the 2021 class, led by four-star offensive lineman Landon Tengwall. In all, the Nittany Lions have six four-star recruits in the current cycle.
A big recruiting loss for James Franklin and company came when five-star offensive lineman Nolan Rucci announced his commitment to Wisconsin. Rucci is the No. 1 recruit from the state of Pennsylvania and had been a heavy lean to Penn State early in his recruitment.
Unfortunately for Franklin and company, Rucci took his talents elsewhere.
Penn State needs to pick it up if they want to keep pace in the Big Ten.
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