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Penn State Football: 'Signature Event' Caps Off Busy Signing Day

by on February 04, 2015 11:00 PM

If Wednesday morning was the celebration for a Penn State program bringing in a Top 15 recruiting class then Wednesday night was the after-party.

The Signature Event, Penn State's new recruiting pep rally, partially filled Rec Hall on Wednesday night as James Franklin went over film and information about each of the 25 future Nittany Lions.

"It's about the people," Franklin said early in the program. "That's what makes Penn State so special."

The event itself lasted just over an hour and included a pep band, videos from the previous season and a quick introduction of Franklin's staff heading into his second season at Penn State. As expected, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop received the loudest applause having recently announced his decision to stay at Penn State after receiving interest from LSU.

It certainly didn't hurt matters any that Shoop helped engineer one of the nation's top defenses in 2014.

While highlight videos can make nearly any player look like a future star, it is clear that Penn State's incoming class isn't lacking the talent to back up it's No. 11 ranking in the nation. There are hard-hitting players on defense along with fast and aggressive players on offense. 

"It was cool to see these kids before they get to town," one student said after the event. "All these big name guys certainly give you a reason to hope for the future."

That was the general feeling in the room as National Signing Day came to a close for 2015. Penn State may have its issues to deal with in the immediate future, but there is reason to believe that things will be better not too far down the road.

"You know, I think it's exciting, because there's so many things right now that are falling into place," Franklin said. "You look at the recruiting class, you look at the length and the athleticism and the size and the fit that we were able to, we were able to attract.

"You look at ending the season in a really dramatic bowl win in New York City in front of a basically a home crowd. You look at getting scholarships back. You look at being able to go to a bowl. You look at all the wonderful things that are going on here at Penn State."

Now it's time to see how those wonderful things unfold on the football field.


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