Since coming to Penn State, James Franklin has been a tireless recruiter, working hard to bring in elite talent en route to the Nittany Lions having one of the best 2015 classes in America. Part of this is because his plan to “dominate the state” doesn’t just include Pennsylvania. According to Franklin, he plans on treating New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Northern Virginia as in-state, meaning his staff will be ultra-aggressive in those areas.
While Franklin’s recruiting prowess has been admirable, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is not impressed. When asked about Penn State’s success on the recruiting trail, Edsall said he does’t worry about what other teams do.
“We’re not gonna boast and brag. We’re more about substance at Maryland,” said Edsall, a 1976 Susquehannock High School grad. “We’re gonna find guys that fit the profile we’re looking for. We’re gonna worry about ourselves and not worry about anything else. Talk is cheap.”
This is hardly Edsall trying to start a war of words with Franklin and Penn State, he’s just more worried about what happens on the field than in recruiting. Regardless, these statements should make the meeting between the two teams on November 1 in Happy Valley a little more interesting.