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Penn State coach James Franklin and staff continue to clean up on the recruiting trail.

Penn State lands 2 more big recruits; Athlon projects Nittany Lions outside of top 10

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Landing a big one

Penn State finished last week with a recruiting bang and it started this week with another and it includes one of the biggest recruits coach James Franklin has landed in his tenure at Penn State.

Virginia 5-star linebacker Brandon Smith announced he would play for Franklin and the Nittany Lions on Monday afternoon, according to Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue.

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And another big one

But Smith wasn’t the only big news for Penn State on Monday. The Nittany Lions managed to get one over on perennial playoff team Clemson late in the day.

Donohue writes that cornerback Tyler Rudolph became the fifth Nittany Lions pledge in five days.

A meaningful dream

When Franklin meets with recruits he tells them where he wants to take the Penn State program. Considering Franklin is 22-5 in the last two years, recruits are listening.’s Mike Poorman writes that Franklin’s desire to bring a national title to Penn State is all recruits need to hear when they are listening to his pitch.

Cleaning up

Not only is Penn State compiling a bunch of talent to build upon the recruiting haul they had for the Class of 2018, they could be building a national defensive powerhouse.

The Penn State defense will continue to rise over the next few years, scary considering the Nittany Lions checked in at 17th nationally in defense a season ago, according to 247’s Steve Wiltfong.

Outside looking in

The college football preview publications will start to swarm into newsstands over the next month or so, but Athlon gave everyone a glimpse of its top 25 on Monday.

The publication has two Big Ten teams in the top 10, but Penn State is not one of them, writes the Centre Daily Times’ Josh Moyer.

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