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Penn State Football: Franklin With New Five-Year Deal Per Recruiting Target

by on June 30, 2017 9:47 PM


"Keeping James at Penn State for a long, successful tenure is a priority. We will announce these details when appropriate.” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour told

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Penn State coach James Franklin may or may not have a new contract extension according to one recruit that let the potential news slip during an interview on Friday.

Solomon Enis, son of Penn State great Curtis Enis told PennLive the following.

"Coach Franklin, Coach Gattis and Coach Moorhead, I mean, they're just great guys and even better coaches and they're going to put you in a position you can thrive in and they just treat you like my family," Enis said at The Opening Finals at Nike World Headquarters. "They tell you straight up. They're blunt with everything and you can trust them. Franklin signed a new five-year deal so he's going to be there a minute while I'm there." has reached out to Penn State for comment but has yet to confirm Enis' potential insight. (Also of note, Enis has yet to officially commit to Penn State, or any school, but appears to say he has.)

While it is unknown if Franklin has in fact signed a contract extension, it is known that Penn State is required to announce any contract amendments including extensions and that those changes are required to be approved by the Board of Trustees. Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said earlier this spring that a new contract for Franklin was "moving along" but did not elaborate on the timeline or potential hangups.

"Stay tuned, it's moving along," Barbour said prior to the first Penn State Coaches Caravan stop in York. "There's no pressure or hurry from either Penn State or from Coach Franklin, so I think it's happening as it's happening."

Franklin is set to enter the fourth year of his six-yeaer contract he signed in 2014. Under his current deal Franklin is set to make $4.3 million in base salary, not including a $300,000 retention bonus payable in December and up to $1 million in incentives. 

While Penn State may not have yet signed on the dotted line, the timing, a few weeks from the Nittany Lions starting up training camp makes sense. It's also not unreasonable that Franklin might preemptively advertise that news to potential recruits, such as Enis. will update the story as needed.

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