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Penn State Football: 4-Star Wimbush Decommits, Franklin Talks Recruiting Process

by on October 07, 2014 3:00 PM

Update:

Shortly after posting this story Scout.com reported that Brandon Wimbush has decommitted from Penn State and committed to Notre Dame. 

Original Story:

Penn State may have been on a bye week this past weekend but there was still plenty of news to be had as two Nittany Lion commits made headlines with official visits to other schools.

The two prospects in question; 4-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush and 4-star defensive end Adam McClean.

Wimbush took an official visit to Notre Dame over the weekend while McClean simply announced his intentions to take all five of the official visits allotted by NCAA rules. An official visit allows coaches to roll out the red carpet for a recruit as they try and land his services down the road.

With college football programs all around the country interested in both prospects there isn't any lack of schools willing to fly either Wimbush or McClean to campus for a free visit. So while the thought of future Nittany Lions weighing their options might be an alarming headline, it isn't an automatic sign that both verbally committed players will end up taking their talents elsewhere.

Penn State head coach James Franklin was a little less forgiving when StateCollege.com asked him about recruits taking visits following their commitments. Franklin has said on more than one occasion that committing to a school means closing the door on other options.

That opinion didn't change on Tuesday. 

"To be honest with you I don't think the season has anything to do with it," Franklin said when asked if wins and losses play a part. "I really don't. I think what happens sometimes is that this is something that you're kind of dealing with all of the time. I think you guys have heard me talk about this before that I would rather guys not commit. When guys try to commit I tell them "No" first. I say to make sure they understand what they're saying and what all those things mean and kind of going through all of it with them and everybody involved and make sure they understand how we see it."

"Some people say that they should be able to go on their visits," Franklin said. "They can, don't commit. Keep going and visiting places and go see places until you're very comfortable in making that choice and once you make that choice and you give your word you go from there.

"It's a challenge and it's difficult, especially when you're dealing with 17 or 18 year old kids and for most of these people it's the first time they and their family have gone through the recruiting process and it's a challenge. It really is. The recruiting process is sped up, I think that's part of it as well.

"We're going to stay positive and continue to talk to these guys about what we're building and where we're going. And I think they understand that and they see that."

The recruiting process never settled until a prospect finally gets on campus and puts on the jersey. National Signing day early in 2015 will go a long way toward solidifying things for Penn State's Top 10 rated recruiting class and the future of the program.

Until then fans can only hope that Wimbush and McClean are only taking visits because they can, not because they want to go somewhere else.

And even if Franklin doesn't like it, there really is only so much he can do about it.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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