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PSU's Franklin gives away credit for recruiting success, says "it has very little to do with me"

April 27, 2014 - Cory Giger
Penn State has had great success so far in recruiting, ranking second in the nation by both Scout and Rivals, and coach James Franklin has been heavily praised for it.

Franklin, though, gives the credit away.

"It has very little to do with me," he said Saturday during a stop in Altoona. "It's the staff, it's the players, it's the tradition, it's the history, it's the fans showing out 72,000 at the spring game. ... It's the whole package.

"That's why we're being successful. We're just, I think, doing a pretty good job of painting that picture of the vision of what Penn State can be and what it will be."

The recruiting rankings "are not really important," Franklin said. His main objective is to find "guys that are great fits for Penn State" in all aspects, not just football.

"I had a lot of confidence that we would be able to do a good job of finding those guys, attracting them to Penn State and getting them on board to join our family," the coach said. "We're about on pace where I thought we would be.

"I just wish we were four years into the process, but we're not. I'm not the most patient guy, but I think we're making tremendous progress."

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