Penn State is off this week, after losing at home last week to Northwestern. The bye weeks allow more time for coaches to make some recruiting trips, and some coaches tend to do so in style. Penn State head coach James Franklin took the opportunity to check out a key high school football game in Maryland, and he did so by arriving by helicopter.
Helicopters are nothing new in the world of high school recruiting. Texas A&M does it. So does Rutgers. Now we can add Franklin to the growing list of coaches choosing to drop in on a high school game by helicopter.
Penn State coach James Franklin is here, was at Bowie earlier. I had to drive down 197. He took a helicopter.
— Ken Sain (@GazSptsEd) October 3, 2014
End of 1st. DeMatha 6, Good Counsel 0. I’m standing next to Penn State coach James Franklin. He showed up in a helicopter. #boss
— Prince J. Grimes (@DMVprince) October 3, 2014
Franklin attended the DeMatha vs. Good Counsel game Friday night in Maryland. The game generally draws a big crowd of college football coaches and media due to the high number of potential recruits playing in the game between the two schools. DeMatha linebacker Shane Simmons is a Penn State verbal commit for the Class of 2016, but a handful of other players from both schools hold offers from Penn State.