It’s been less than 24 hours, and James Franklin has already started working his recruiting magic, as two members of Vanderbilt’s incoming class of 2014 have followed the Nittany Lions’ new head coach to Happy Valley.
Four-star defensive end Lloyd Tubman and three-star offensive tackle Chance Sorrell both decommitted from Vanderbilt and committed to Penn State just 14 hours after James Franklin was officially named Penn State’s 16th head football coach.
Sorrell announced via Twitter that he was re-opening his recruitment and that he was committing to Penn State all in one tweet.
I have officially opened up my recruitment and I have officially committed to Penn State University! We are…Penn State!
— Chance Sorrell (@Chanman158811) January 12, 2014
Sorrell checks in at 6’6″, 263 lbs., and while he is listed as an offensive lineman, he can line up at tight end as well. He held offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, and West Virginia, among others. He will join three-star offensive lineman Chasz Wright along Penn State’s offensive line in this recruiting class.
Tubman’s commitment was reported first by Josh Edwards of 24/7 Sports, also via Twitter.
— Josh Edwards (@JEdwar247) January 12, 2014
The 6’3″, 228 lb. Dubman comes to Penn State with offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, and Western Kentucky. A native of Louisville, Dubman will join a loaded group of defensive line recruits, including the gem of the 2014 class, Brooklyn’s four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley.
The two add to Penn State’s already impressive recruiting class, becoming the 20th and 21st members of the class of 2014. While some were afraid of a mass exodus after Bill O’Brien’s exit, at least after a day, James Franklin’s hiring seems to have had the opposite effect.
That’s not all of the good news on the recruiting front for Penn State fans. Reports also have Franklin offering scholarships to three top Vanderbilt recruits — four-star safety Emmanuel Smith, three-star cornerback Amani Oruwariye, and four-star 2015 linebacker Josh Smith.
Franklin has also reportedly offered a scholarship to four-star 2014 offensive lineman George Brown, who is ranked the 115th overall recruit in the nation by Rivals and holds offers from a bevy of schools, including Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Vanderbilt, among many others.
While he may have just started his job, Franklin is already making a major impact in Happy Valley as a recruiter. While the class still has several spots to fill, thanks to Franklin, it looks like Penn State’s 2014 class will be completed sooner rather than later.