Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Drama Aside, Psu Lands Top-10 Class

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Drama Aside, Psu Lands Top-10 Class

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State coach James Franklin doesn't care much for drama, at least when it comes to recruiting.

And most indications are that he didn't experience much of it while he and his staff were assembling the Nittany Lions' Class of 2019.

Not until early Wednesday morning, anyway.

But about seven hours before college football's early signing period was to begin, Franklin got a phone call from four-star running back Noah Cain, a prospect whose commitment he thought had been secure for several weeks, even though most college football observers had only an educated guess about the player's plans.

"I got a call at 12:05 [a.m.], and it's Noah, Mom and Dad, and they want to have a discussion," Franklin said. "And the discussion is coming off like they have not made their decision yet.

"So there I am in my boxers, having a heated discussion and selling [the Cains] on why this makes sense."

His rationale apparently registered with Cain and his parents, because Cain made his commitment to Penn State official before midday.

Cain carried through on his pledge to the Nittany Lions even though running back Devyn Ford, a five-star prospect, already was a headliner in the class.

"We got two really good backs who are really mature," Franklin said. "Highly, highly productive guys, both of them."

Rivals rated Ford the nation's No. 2 running back and Cain No. 5.

Cain was the final addition to the 18-member class that filed letters of intent to the Nittany Lions on Day 1 of the early signing period.

That group was ranked 10th in the nation by Rivals as of Wednesday evening but remains something of a work-in-progress because the Nittany Lions still are in the market for offensive and defensive tackles, as well as a wide receiver.

If they don't add anyone in this signing period, there will be another in early February. …

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