Northwestern Flips Three-Star Tackle Zachary Franks From Penn State

Northwestern Flips Three-Star Tackle Zachary Franks From Penn State

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Northwestern Flips Three-Star Tackle Zachary Franks From Penn State

A little over a week since committing to Penn State, Zachary Franks has de-committed from the Nittany Lions and pledged to Northwestern.


Franks’ commitment is the 15th in Northwestern’s 2019 class.


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It was a good day for Northwestern on the recruiting trail.

In the world of college football recruiting, nothing is permanent until the letter of intent is signed.

Penn State fans were reminded of that fact on Friday thanks to three-star recruit Zachary Franks (The Gilman School, Baltimore, MD). He announced on Twitter yesterday that he would be flipping his commitment from Penn State to Northwestern, just eight days after pledging to the Nittany Lions.

After lots of deep thought and reflection with my closest friends and family I have decided that I will be attending @NUFBFamily because it’s the best fit for me. Excited to have a great senior year before I get to Evanston!!

Standing at 6-foot-5 and 284 pounds, Franks is both literally and figuratively a big get for the Wildcats. Flipping a recruit from a national Goliath and recruiting powerhouse in Penn State is a sign that Northwestern is doing something right on the recruiting trail, and more evidence of the program’s growing relevance.

A rising senior, Franks is the fourth offensive lineman and second tackle committed in Northwestern’s 2019 recruiting class. At writing time, Pat Fitzgerald’s staff has compiled a class tabbed as the tenth best in the Big Ten and forty-fifth best in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.

According to Onward State, Franks is the first recruit to decommit from Penn State in the 2019 recruiting cycle. The Nittany Lions now have a 15-member recruiting class pegged as the third-best in the Big Ten and thirteenth nationally.

Franks fielded roughly thirty offers from schools across all five major conferences, per 247Sports. On July 23, Franks announced on Twitter that he had narrowed his list of suitors down to four finalists: Northwestern, Penn State, Duke, and Rutgers.

Franks originally committed to Penn State on Aug. 2, but, as WildcatReport.com’s Louie Vaccher reports, “Had a change of heart shortly afterward and felt like he wasn’t a good fit for the Penn State program.”

Zachary Franks is now committed to Northwestern.

Pipeline alert: Franks is the latest Northwestern extract from The Gilman School in Baltimore, as the Wildcats have two alums on their 2018 roster, junior cornerback Alonzo Mayo and senior receiver Jelani Roberts.

Rapid Recruiting Reactions: The commitment had the entire Northwestern recruiting office fired up, as three staff members took to Twitter shortly after the announcement to express their elation in three unique ways.

Director of Recruiting Communication Bryan Payton:

Director of Scouting Todd McShane:

Director of Player Personnel Chris Bowers:

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