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Analyst Says Lack Of Big Wins Has Penn State In Recruiting 'Rut'

A field view of penn state's beaver stadium

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn State Nittany Lions game during the first half at Beaver Stadium on September 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

2020 wide receiver Julian Fleming is the top wide receiver in the country, and is being heavily recruited by Big Ten titans Ohio State and Penn State. But the latter is facing a major challenge in bringing Fleming to Happy Valley.

Blue-White Illustrated recruiting analyst Ryan Snyder stated this week that Penn State is in a bit of a recruiting "rut" due to its on-field struggles against top programs. He stated via the York Daily Recordthat the appeal of the Rose Bowl and Big Ten Championship in 2016 has already faded from Penn State's inability to follow up the following years.

"Penn State is in a rut ... That charm of the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten Championship, it's already in the rear view mirror. Does that mean (Franklin) won't reach the level he wants? I don’t think (it means that) at all.

"A lot of it just goes back to last season. You got to get those wins. That's why the Ohio State loss was so devastating. Penn State has proven everything else off the field ... but they're still sub-500 in special moments.

"Really, wins are the most important thing."

Fleming is the No. 6 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports. He is the No. 1 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 1 player from the state of Pennsylvania.

But 247Sports' Crystal Ball Predictions currently have Fleming heavily tipped to join the Ohio State Buckeyes - snubbing Penn State.

The Nittany Lions have struggled recently to bring regional five-stars into the fold.

To date, Penn State has been unable to bring in the top recruits from the states of Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Fortunately, Penn State's national appeal has enabled the school to secure a conference-leading 10 recruits so far.

247Sports currently ranked the Nittany Lions as the No. 10 recruiting class of 2020, and the top class in the Big Ten.

[York Daily Record]