Penn State had been the early favorite for three-star Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic 2015 linebacker Chris Green. Now he has to evaluate the program with James Franklin at the helm.
"I know I don't feel bad about them because the coach left," Green said. "Hopefully they keep their program going the same way or even better. As [Bill] O'Brien said, if he was to leave he would leave Penn State in a better place, and I hope it stays that way."
Green reeled in an offer from the Nittany Lions early in his junior season. A subsequent game visit to State College cemented their place atop his interest list and many of the factors that contributed to his affinity for the program remain.
"It was the school, really," Green said. "I love the vibe and the environment. It seemed like a nice place to live for four years. The people on campus were very helpful. The kids on campus told me about Penn State and how strong and better they have gotten."
Green is looking to take another visit to Penn State sometime this spring or summer to meet Franklin and his staff. In the nearer term, the 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker is looking to visit Boston College.
"I talked to Al Washington about a junior day sometime," Green said. "I was going to try to go there because they were my sixth offer."
The other schools that have offered Green include Kentucky, Bowling Green, Toledo and Western Michigan. He remains open to all schools that have offered and are showing interest.
"I am still excited to check out any college that offered me," he said. "Yeah, Penn State is No. 1 on my list, but you never know what could happen."
More coaches are expected to stop through the school to see Green this month, and he had a few new schools check on him in December.
"I met with the Syracuse coach and he said he was interested in me, wanted to talk more to me," Green said. "He had seen my highlight video from last year and said he would like the head coach to speak to me."
A three-star prospect, Green is rated as the No. 12 inside linebacker in the 2015 class and the No. 17 overall prospect in the state of Ohio.