STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin pulled out all the stops when he welcomed his first recruits to Penn State.
Wednesday was college football's national signing day, when high school players made their commitments official, and Franklin introduced the Nittany Lions' newest 25 players that evening at the Bryce Jordan Center.
In front of a "whiteout" crowd, Franklin described each of Penn State's incoming freshmen for next season. Twenty players faxed in their signatures to the coaching staff that morning. The other five enrolled early and count as 2013 enrollees.
This is the first time Penn State has organized such a fan-focused event for national signing day, and it drew an estimated 3,600 students and fans. According to NCAA rules, college football coaches are not allowed to discuss their recruits until they have officially signed on. Franklin broke his silence in a big way Wednesday.