Penn State continued to gain momentum on the recruiting trail this morning, as three-star athlete/outside linebacker Brailyn Franklin out of Virginia verbally committed to the Nittany Lions. Franklin becomes the fifth recruit to commit to Penn State since July 20.
Franklin has been a hot name on the coaching staff's board since visiting in late May (and not just because of who he shares his last name with). Franklin popped up in State College on Lasch Bash weekend, participating in the camp that Friday. His performance at said camp caught the staff's attention, and they offered him that very same day. Franklin stuck around for the rest of the weekend's festivities, and clearly left State College with his focus on the Nittany Lions.
The Franklin File
- Class: 2017
- Size: 6'2/200
- Pos: ATH/OLB
- School: Battlefield (Haymarket, VA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: #61 ATH
Franklin chose Penn State over the other schools in his top-five- Maryland, Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Temple. Though they haven't crossed paths for recruits as often as one would think so far in this cycle, Penn State did well to beat out Maryland here, as the Terrapins and D.J. Durkin have been on fire on the recruiting trail.
Franklin, originally from Texas, is likely a linebacker at the next level, though he has experience playing all over the field on defense. According to Sean Fitz at Lions247, Franklin picked up a whopping 17 sacks during the 2015 season. He was chosen for the second team all-state and first team all-conference for his efforts.
Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Pry is listed as Franklin's primary recruiter. When Bob Shoop was Penn State's DC, it was very rare to see him as a primary recruiter for any player. It will be interesting to see going forward if Pry continues to be active on the trail, particularly given his recruiting success in the past.
Franklin brings Penn State's 2017 class to 13, and he becomes the third linebacker in the class, alongside fellow Virginian Dylan Rivers and Brelin Faison-Walden. His athleticism will allow the coaching staff some flexibility when determining his eventual position, but for now, he seems destined to join Linebacker U.