James Franklin had the Hamlin family in his thoughts late Monday evening after the Rose Bowl win.

Damar Hamlin — a safety for the Buffalo Bills — collapsed after making a tackle on Monday Night Football. Hamlin remains in critical condition as of Tuesday morning.

After the Rose Bowl, Franklin addressed the incident involving Hamling. Coming out of high school, Hamlin was a 4-star prospect for Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh.

Franklin revealed assistant coach Terry Smith and Franklin himself recruited Hamlin to Penn State throughout high school. In the end, Hamlin stayed home and went to Pitt, but that doesn’t change the personal aspect involved in the recruiting process.

“Terry Smith and myself recruited him, got to know his whole family,” Franklin said, “unbelievable family and obviously we’re sending our thoughts and prayers to him and the family and hoping and praying that everything is okay.”

Hamlin developed into a sixth-round pick by the Bills in the 2021 NFL Draft and has been a starter for much of 2022. All of that takes a backseat to his current status with thoughts and prayers going out to Hamlin and his family.