UPDATE 1/11/14 9:30 a.m.: James Franklin has been hired as Penn State's new head coach.
Though nothing is yet official, all signs point to Penn State hiring Vanderbilt's James Franklin to be the next Nittany Lion head coach.
James Franklin expected to receive contract worth up to $4.5M/year at Penn State, source told @ESPN. Bill O'Brien made $3.82M
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 10, 2014
The chances of Franklin being able to hold Penn State's current recruiting class intact are good, due largely to his reputation as a coach and recruiter. Several of the players committed to Penn State, including 4-star quarterback Michael O'Connor, hold offers from Vanderbilt and have relationships with Franklin.
But what happens to Vanderbilt's recruiting class?
Anytime coaching changes are made, it's logical to expect some turnover among the recruits. In this case, Franklin is taking over a job where he will have a few scholarships left to give out before National Signing Day in February.
Will he reach out to some of the kids he recruited at Vandy? The odds are pretty good. It's difficult to create new relationships in less than a month with new recruits, and there's a good chance some of those kids feel strongly about playing college football for James Franklin.
Here's a look at some of the top recruits in Vanderbilt's current class who might fit well if the new Penn State coaching staff reaches out.
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