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Why Penn State Football Season Opener is Massive Recruiting Showcase

Penn State Football is officially back, which means so are massive recruiting weekends.

The Nittany Lions will host West Virginia at 7:30 p.m. on NBC in the first primetime Big Ten game on NBC as a part of the new TV deal that was agreed upon last year.

With so much hype surrounding this team – and the game- there will be plenty of recruits in attendance to take in the sights and sounds of Beaver Stadium under the lights.

Penn State’s 2024 recruiting class is nearly complete, with 24 members already on board. The class ranks 10th in the nation and is another success for James Franklin and his staff. With that said, most of the recruiting emphasis has turned to the 2025 and 2026 classes.


This will be a massive opportunity for Franklin and Co. to make a lasting impression on the younger recruits. This will be the first time most of them will be visiting a school the size of Penn State, the first time they see a team as talented as the Nittany Lions and they definitely have never experienced a crowd or stadium of this size.

While most of them will not be making a commitment decision for months- if not years- this being their first experience as a recruit is huge leg-up for the Nittany Lions.

Most programs will have a hard time replicating the atmosphere that Penn State Football will put forward on Saturday night.

This is the type of recruiting event that may not pay dividends right away, but when the 2025 and 2026 recruiting classes are complete a couple years from now, many of the signees may point to that night game against West Virginia back in September of 2023 as to why they are now a Nittany Lion.


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