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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions' Domination Of In State Recruiting Continues With Latest Commit

by on January 27, 2015 6:00 AM

James Franklin has made the claim since his first day on the job -- that he and his staff would work to dominate the state of Pennsylvania when it came to recruiting.

Franklin preached early and often in his tenure that he would bring in all of the best talent the state had to offer.

In turn, he said the best in-state athletes would want to come to Happy Valley. They would come looking for Penn State and he would go looking for them.

And so far Franklin has delivered.

The announcement that 3-star tight end Nick Bowers had committed to the Nittany Lions now gives Penn State nine of the top 13 recruits in the state according to 247 Network rankings. Bowers' commitment is the third since the conclusion of Penn State's big recruiting weekend this past week.

Prior to committing to Penn State, Bowers had previously been committed to Pittsburgh. The flip and change of mind makes the news even sweeter for fans looking to enjoy some success at the expense of their in-state rival. 

Bowers is the No. 13 ranked prospect in the state and a Kittanning Senior High School product who weighs in at 6-foot-4 and 244 pounds. He joins fellow PA native Shareef Miller and defensive tackle Robert Windsor as the latest recruits to commit to Penn State.

All of this comes only days after offensive line coaches from both schools traded jabs about which school dominated the state. Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand finished off the discussion following Bowers' commitment with a tweet that simply read: "Dominate the state."

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So it's safe to say round one has solidly gone to the Nittany Lion.  And as Derek Levarse of the Times Leader points out, Penn State hasn't had a recruiting class with 10 products from within the state since 2004. With nearly all the best prospects the state has to offer, it may turn out to be a little easier to "dominate the state" than even the most optimistic fans imagined.

Franklin has amassed a 2015 recruiting haul of 23 players. Schools are permitted to sign up to 25 per class.

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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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