On Friday morning the Penn State football team earned a new commitment in the 2024 recruiting class as four-star defensive lineman Liam Andrews made his commitment to the Nittany Lions. Landing a player like Andrews addresses a major need on the defensive line, bringing in a 6’5 260lbs player is exactly the body style Penn State needs. Now, James Franklin and his coaching staff have placed themselves in a great position to secure a top class in the 2024 cycle.
Penn State football 2024 recruiting class jumps into the top 5 nationally
After the addition of Andrews, 247sports updated Penn State’s 2024 class ranking. Currently, the Nittany Lions have the 5th class in the 2024 cycle trailing Georiga, Ohio State, Florida, and Michigan in that order. I know what you’re thinking, we are still roughly four months away from early national signing day, so why does this matter? It’s important to understand at this point in the recruiting cycle where Penn State is when comparing itself to the national powerhouses. In other words, are they able to compete with the best recruiters in the country with the resources they have?
The short answer is yes, currently the Nittany Lions are holding their own against schools that have a lot more resources including NIL funding at this time. Penn State has 23 commits in the 2024 recruiting class with 15 four-star players. In comparison, Georiga has the top class in the country with 25 total commitments to date.
James Franklin finally has the alignment he needs to recruit at the highest level
Coach Franklin has always been know for his ability to recruit well. But, after the addition of athletic director Patrick Kraft, it feels like Penn State is going to take that next step by stacking multiple top-10 recruiting classes. To share comparisons the 2021 class was 20th overall, the 2022 class finished 8th, and the 2023 class came in at 14th in the country according to 247sports.
In recent interviews on Late Kick with Josh Pate and Next Up with Adam Breneman, James Franklin has echoed the same message. To summarize he is getting a lot more yesses than noes and all of those little yesses will lead to better recruiting classes, with better talent, and hopefully more championships in Happy Valley.
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