Penn State Football: Franklin Starts Off 2015 Class With A Bang And Trio Of Commits
James Franklin hasn't wasted much time making a head start on the 2015 recruiting class, picking up three verbal commitments this weekend. The commitments came only hours following the conclusion of Junior Day, an event that allows Penn State to showcase itself to some of the nation's top high school juniors.
The two biggest names to make the call, four-star recruits Ryan Bates and Kamonte Carter along with two-star safety Jarvis Miller according to Rivals.com.
Officially, Miller was the first member of the 2015 recruiting class to make his commitment known via his twitter account. The two-star safety and running back hails from Windsor Locks H.S. in Suffield, Connecticut. 247Sports.com has him as the composite fourth-best player out of the state. Franklin had a previous relationship with Miller while at Vanderbilt.
Bates is an 6-foot-5, 285 pound offensive tackle who plays at Archbishop Wood in Warminster, PA and is ranked as the composite third-best recruit in the state by 247Sports.com and the 15th-best tackle in the nation. As Franklin looks to make good on his claim to "Dominate The State" Bates is a good first step in the process as one of the state's best prospects in his class.
Bates received interest from Miami, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh, among a total of 16 offers.
While Carter (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) may not hail from PA the strong-side defensive end and quarterback from Gaithersburg H.S. in Gaithersburg, Maryland still falls well within the walls of Penn State's traditional recruiting base. Carter is ranked as the sixth-best player in his home state and received nine offers from various schools including Michigan State and Nebraska, and garnered interest from Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers, and West Virginia before choosing Penn State.
Franklin may not be able to dominate the state in a single evening, but he and his program made a strong step forward towards a 2015 class that is loaded with talent. As Bill O'Brien proved with a class with Christian Hackenberg and Adam Breneman, a strong start can often snowball into an even stronger finish.