New Penn State football coach James Franklin hit the ground running on Sunday.

Franklin made appearances at both the PSU women's basketball and wrestling contests on Sunday and was greeted enthusiastically at both events.

He also quickly added two recruits to the Nittany Lions' 2014 class, and he managed to keep a blue-chip quarterback recruit in the fold.

All in all, not a bad first day.

The two recruits that Franklin landed are Ohio offensive lineman Chance Sorrell and Kentucky defensive end Lloyd Tubman. Both are rated three-star recruits by and Both had previously committed to Vanderbilt, but followed Franklin from Vandy to PSU.

Sorrell is a 6-foot, 6-inch, 263-pounder who also had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virginia. Tubman is a 6-3, 228-pounder who also had offers from Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville.

In addition, four-star quarterback recruit Michael O'Connor announced that he was sticking with his commitment to the Lions. O'Connor was considering other options after Bill O'Brien left PSU for the Houston Texans. O'Connor had committed to PSU while O'Brien was still the head coach.

Franklin, however, apparently convinced O'Connor to stay with PSU. O'Connor plans to begin classes at Penn State on Monday.


O'Connor sent out the following Tweet: "100% committed to PSU !! Wouldn't wanna be anywhere else in the country, feels good to be done with recruiting. Start college classes tmrw"

O'Connor and freshman starter Christian Hackenberg are the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the PSU roster.

The 6-5, 223-pound O'Connor attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He joins wideout De'Andre Thompkins, defensive tackle Antoine White, defensive tackle Tarow Barney and offensive tackle Chasz Wright as January enrollees at Penn State.

Overall, Penn State now has 21 recruits in its 2014 class. That assumes, of course, that Franklin is able to retain all of the recruits that committed while O'Brien was head coach. has Penn State's class ranked No. 16 in the nation, while pegs PSU's class at No. 23.

National Letter of Intent Day, when commitments become official, is Wednesday, Feb. 5.

-- Reach Steve Heiser at