Redshirt freshman defensive end Brailyn Franklin is no longer with the Penn State football program according to an updated roster released at Media Day this afternoon, and confirmed by James Franklin during his press conference.
Also of note, Brailyn Franklin is not on the roster. https://t.co/aoEZTRxpgW
— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) August 4, 2018
Franklin did not see any game action in 2017, and 2018 would have been his redshirt freshman season. He originally committed to Penn State in August of 2016 as an athlete, though his recruitment by linebackers coach and now defensive coordinator Brent Pry indicated the program's view of him as a linebacker. He made the switch to defensive end this spring.
A Texas native, the three-star recruit played his high school football in Virginia at Battlefield. He was ranked 866th in the country by 247 Composite when he signed his letter of intent in February of 2017.
Franklin's departure keeps Penn State at 85 scholarships for the 2018 season, including the return of senior linebacker Manny Bowen, who was officially added back to the roster earlier today.
Despite the numbers game at linebacker, Franklin made the move to end earlier this year. With plenty of depth, and more on the way, Franklin was still on the outside looking in.