Six-game winning streak, ranked in the top-10, vying for a Big Ten Championship game berth — so many things are going in Penn State’s favor at the moment.
That in mind, how is the program’s reemergence into the national conversation affecting recruiting?
Penn State head coach James Franklin said in terms of visits and players reaching out with interest, it has had an effect. But it’ll likely help the most in the long-term.
“I think we’re so far along in the process for this year, and we just don’t have a lot of scholarships for this year,” Franklin said. “I think where it will have its biggest impact is in 2018 because the 2017 class is pretty much done.”
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Penn State has 14 verbal commitments for the 2017 class and ranks 24th nationally, according to 247 Sports.
“We’ve got a few spots left,” Franklin added. “The way the recruiting process has changed, just like us having this type of year, it’s kind of like the senior who has a great senior year — 75 percent of the recruiting process is done based off junior or sophomore years. So it will have an effect. How significant the effect is, I don’t know. I think it will show up more in years to come, especially the ’18 class.”