Baltimore offensive lineman Zach Franks joins Penn State recruiting surge

By Derek Levarse - [email protected]
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It took a few extra days, but Penn State’s annual Lasch Bash recruiting event yielded another commitment.

Fresh off of a weekend visit to State College, Baltimore offensive lineman Zachary Franks pledged to the Nittany Lions on Wednesday, becoming the team’s third new recruit in five days and the 15th overall for the 2019 signing class.

“I’m 100% in!” Franks wrote on Twitter, posting pictures of himself in a Penn State uniform.

A three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 6-foot-5, 284-pound Franks is rated as the country’s No. 881 overall recruit for 2019 and the No. 86 offensive tackle.

Franks chose the Lions over fellow finalists Duke, Northwestern and Rutgers. He had scholarship offers from more than two dozen FBS schools from coast-to-coast, including Arizona, Boston College, Louisville, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Pitt, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Washington State.

Entering his senior season at football power Gilman School, Franks is rated as Maryland’s No. 2 tackle in the Composite.

He becomes the third offensive lineman in Penn State’s class and the first projected to play tackle. The others — New Jersey’s Caedan Wallace and Delaware’s Saleem Worley — are rated as guards.

Franks continues a recent recruiting surge that included Oregon quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. on Wednesday and North Carolina wide receiver Emery Simmons on Saturday. Simmons was also in attendance at the Lasch Bash.

Wormley was also a recent addition, giving his commitment on July 23.

Combined, they lifted the Lions’ class to No. 13 nationally in the Composite team rankings, third in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (No. 8) and Michigan (No. 12).

One of the recruiting services included in the Composite’s average, Rivals.com, has the Lions’ class currently at No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 11 overall.

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By Derek Levarse

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Reach Derek Levarse at 570-991-6396 or on Twitter @TLdlevarse

Reach Derek Levarse at 570-991-6396 or on Twitter @TLdlevarse