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Penn State head coach James Franklin and his two top recruiting coordinators on offense and defense, Josh Gattis and Terry Smith, respectively, met with re- porters Wednesday aBernoon to talk in detail about the Nittany Lions' Class of 2016 recruiting efforts. Currently rated the No. 20 team in the country by, Penn State en- dured a hectic finish to the recruiting season. Franklin addressed the chal- lenges that the Nittany Lions faced while highlighting all of the major positives to come out of the class. By the end of signing day, the Lions had welcomed 20 new players, with the pos- sibility remaining that they will add one or two more. They landed 16 players who were team captains this past season, six prospects with state championships to their names, four Under Armour All- Americans, six Semper Fidelis All- Americans, a pair of Gatorade Players of the Year, and an Army All-American. So, even though Franklin stated from the start of his news conference that he prefers as much as possible to avoid "the recruit- ing game" of "scrambling and selling" that occurs in the final weeks of the process, the program is overwhelmingly proud of S I G N I N G D A Y R E P O R T F E B R U A R Y 4 N E W S L E T T E R N A T E   B A U E R | N B A U E R @ B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M F E B R U A R Y 4 , 2 0 1 6 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M 1 A WILD RIDE Dramatic recruiting season yields a second consecutive top-20 class ON CALL Franklin was on the phone all morning as Penn State's Class of 2016 came together with the arrival of 16 signed letters of in- tent. (Four members of PSU's 20- player class had already enrolled.) Photo by Tim Owen

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