In a surprising move, three-star Maryland offensive tackle Zachary Franks rescinded his verbal pledge to Penn State Friday afternoon, and instead pledged to Northwestern.
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!! #NULevel19 pic.twitter.com/OGgMAifdVs— Zachary Franks (@SchoolBoyFranks) August 10, 2018
Franks landed his Penn State offer after camping for the staff on June 23, and then made his way back to campus for the Lasch Bash on July 28. After going home and thinking about his decision, Franks pulled the trigger for the Nittany Lions eight days ago on August 2. What his reason is for switching so quickly, I don’t think anyone other than Franks will know, but Northwestern had been a strong figure in his commitment prior to Penn State offering. Could just be a case of Franks feeling more comfortable with the Northwestern staff.
Regardless of his reasons, Penn State is now tasked with finding another offensive tackle (or two) to take Franks’ place in the class. Jakai Moore and Walter Rouse seem to be at the top of the board, but Penn State remains in the hunt for Trevor Keegan and Darnell Wright as well.