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Franklin would love to have all scholarships 'back now,' says 'every one of them is like gold'

April 9, 2014 - Cory Giger
Penn State was only supposed to have 65 scholarships this season and for the next three years under the original sanctions, but the NCAA reduced that sanction, so now the Lions have 75 for this year. They'll have 80 in 2015 and be back up to the full allotment of 85 in 2016.

James Franklin has done an exceptional job in recruiting so far, but he can't wait to get back all the scholarships.

"I want them all back now," Franklin said Tuesday on my radio show. "It is good, and I know we're making progress. But every one of them is like gold. They're too important.

"What we've got to do a good job is not only getting the high-end guys that everybody in America wants, but just as valuable as that is not making mistakes, bringing the right guys in here. That's what's in the best interests of Penn State, and that's what's in the best interests of the kid. You want to bring guys here that have a chance to play and have a great career."

Penn State has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, according to Scout, and No. 3, according to Rivals. Franklin has accomplished that despite only being on the job a short time.

"I've been pleased," the coach said. "I think the staff's working really hard. We've got a lot of things to sell here. … I'm excited about where we're going. I wish we had a little bit more scholarships. We're not going to have the maximum amount of scholarships in this class, and I wish we had more because I think we could sign 25 to 30 really good players this year."

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