Attention Maryland and Rutgers: James Franklin is looking forward to recruiting against you.
Franklin's Penn State caravan was in Baltimore on Wednesday and the subject of playing the Terrapins came up. Maryland and Rutgers are moving into the Big Ten this year, and both are on the schedule.
Both are also in close proximity to Penn State and in an area where Franklin has recruited in before.
Such successes, Franklin suggested, must be accompanied by tenacious recruiting. The new coach aspires to dominate in an area extending six hours in any direction from Penn State's campus. That, of course, includes the Baltimore-Washington region considered by the University of Maryland as its base.
"I consider this in-state. I consider New Jersey in-state," Franklin told the crowd. While there are other schools in the region, "they might as well shut them down because they don't have a chance."
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