"I've had about 4,500 requests for blowing up balloons in people's backyards," Franklin said, as reported on Pennlive.com. "But the message I was trying to get across there is that we're going to do everything we possibly can to build this program and make everybody proud."
Franklin, who took recruiting trips Thursday to the Philadelphia area and Friday morning to the Pittsburgh area, returned Friday afternoon to speak with the board.
"I can't tell you how excited myself and my family are about being a part of this community," Franklin said in his remarks. "Really looking forward to getting them here as soon as we possibly can. More than anything, I want you guys to understand there is nobody that is going to work harder to make you guys all proud. That's on the field. That's off the field."
Another new assistant coach has appeared in the Penn State directory: Running backs coach Charles Huff, who had worked with Franklin, spent the 2012 season with the Buffalo Bills and coached last year at Western Michigan.
Huff joins six assistant coaches who worked with Franklin at Vanderbilt. It is believed Franklin is close to hiring coaches for the offensive line and defensive backs to complete his staff.
Franklin, who got three of his Vanderbilt recruits to switch their commitment to Penn State this week, lost a second player recruited by Bill O'Brien's staff. Defensive back Troy Vincent Jr. of Baltimore, son of the former Eagles cornerback, flipped his commitment to North Carolina State, according to multiple reports.
Staff writer Tricia Nadolny contributed to this article.