Penn State’s James Franklin the nation’s No. 18 coach; PSU aims to continue Western PA recruiting dominance, and more
Today’s Penn State football news headlines feature a look at the Lions’ recruiting efforts in Western Pennsylvania and where James Franklin ranks among the nation’s top head coaches.
Franklin has backed away from his “Dominate the state” mantra, but he reiterated at a Coaches Caravan stop in Pittsburgh that the goal is still very much on the table. One of the program’s big goals is to continue “keep all the best players” in the state, he told John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times during his time in Pittsburgh.
“But for us to go where we want to go, we feel like we’ve got to keep all the best players of the state and this region at home,” Franklin told the CDT. “To me, home, that’s Penn State. That’s the Land Grant state school.”
CBS Sports wrapped up a two-part series of national coach rankings with Nos. 1-25 and pegged Franklin as the No. 18 head coach in the country, up 23 spots from No. 41 a year ago. He was one of the biggest gainers on the list following the Lions’ 11-3 season and Big Ten title, but he was still ranked behind Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.
Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports wrote:
James Franklin (41): If not for Mike MacIntyre’s meteoric rise in this year’s rankings, Franklin would have made the largest leap. And it’s not difficult to see why. After a couple of very mediocre seasons at Penn State, the Nittany Lions went 11-3 under Franklin last year, went to the Rose Bowl, and had a legitimate case for a playoff berth.
In other Penn State football news, Lamont Wade catches the attention of a national analyst. Brendan Mahon and Andrew Nelson make the 2017 “All-Comeback Team,” and Pitt and Penn State both fare well in the NCAA’s latest APR results.
PennLive’s Bob Flounders, Greg Pickel and Dustin Hockensmith also talk Penn State football on the Keystone Sports Network. Check out audio from their latest podcast below.
Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup:
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