A contract extension was a foregone conclusion for a while. After leading the Penn State football team to an 11-3 season and a conference championship in 2016, it was no secret that the Nittany Lions wanted to keep head coach James Franklin in the fold.
But while the university wasn’t ready to spill the beans on the extension, one of their top recruits certainly was.
Speaking to PennLive on Monday, Solomon Enis, son of Penn State legend Curtis Enis might have accidentally broken news that the school didn’t want out yet.
Apparently Coach Franklin has come to terms on a five-year deal to stay with the university and has been telling recruits about it.
“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. “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.”
Talking about sticking around the school for the long-term is a good way to lure in the top talent in the country. Enis is a 6-foot-4 wide receiver with soft hands and the No. 2 overall prospect in the state of Arizona.
All the same, Penn State might ask him to cool it with the extension news while on the recruiting trail.
In an issued statement, they didn’t deny the extension, but came up short of confirming it:
“Keeping James at Penn State for a long, successful tenure is a priority,” Barbour said in a statement released by the school. “We will announce these details when appropriate.”
Now that the news is out in the open, Penn State will probably formally announce the extension before too long. Franklin has helped lead the university out of its darkest hour and returned them to prominence.
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