OLine: Fries, Gellerstadt, McGovern & Menet - much needed infusion of legitimate talent. Would not be surprised to see Menet and McGovern on the 2 deep next year.
RB: Best kid in the state at his position
WR: Poached a rangy kid from Temple who has upside - not a position of need - this kid will RS.
TE: best TE in NY already enrolled.
QB: best QB in NY already enrolled.
DB: Two kids who have some athletic ability - McPhearson grades out higher than Johnson in terms of star rankings - likely both RS given our depth at the position. And there is legit young depth at the position headed by Reid. Losing Lavert Hill still stings - he's a gamer.
DLIne - after all the hand-wringing on the boards after the defection Dwumfur and the other kid whose name I'm not gonna bother spelling, its funny to me that both, who probably would've red-shirted, were replaced by highly rated JUCo's who each have at least 2 years of eligibility left (one has 2, the other 3). This is a win for Franklin, IMO.
Both should see immediate playing time, both highly rated and should provide stability at their positions - a HUGE upgrade over what's there now & bodes well for the next 3-4 years.
Linebacker: I like Cam Brown and Shaka Toney, but this has more to do with Troy Reeder transferring and concerns over Nyeem's recovery time. Ferns is likely a guy who could step in from day one - not sure these two guys are gonna be ready.
Safety: Losing Pryts hurts, and will force the staff to move guys around. Early rumors are that Nick Scott's moving to safety - been done before, will be done again, but dang, he would've provided some stability back there.
I get the angst, but can't find fault with the group that JF assembled. Coaching defections, player transfers all play into how the program's perceived...he did a fine job pulling in a lot of talent at several positions of need. I don't know what he could've done to prevent Pryt's last minute defection, prevent Lavert Hill from waffling, then defecting - I'm certain he'd been in touch with both throughout the process...maybe Sue could've baked them lasagna or something.
In either case, things still looking up, I believe...Cheers!
A good team has to have players capable of making plays...oh, wait - we're so there!