Penn State football reported a $1.265 million dollar price tag for recruiting according to the 2017 fiscal report released by the athletic department on Wednesday.
According to previous financial reports Penn State's recruiting budget was up from the previous two years. In FY 2015 the Nittany Lions' recruiting costs were roughly $870,000 while in 2016 a small bump saw them rise to $915,303.
All of these numbers dwarfed by the 2014 FY when Penn State spent a high $1.391 million on the recruiting trail.
What's in the budget? Per Penn State it covers just about everything:
Transportation, lodging and meals for prospective student-athletes and institutional personnel on official and unofficial visits, telephone call charges, postage and such. Include value of use of institution's own vehicles or airplanes as well as in-kind value of loaned or contributed transportation.
Over the next several months more athletic department will release their financial statements and similar literature that will provide more apt comparison for this cost relative to the rest of the conference. However in 2016 fiscal year Michigan topped the Big Ten with a price tag just over $1.03 million.
Lowest? Wisconsin with just over $261,000.
Across the rest of campus, Penn State basketball $336,396 on the recruiting trail while men's hockey spent just over $61,000 to do the same.
Penn State athletics reported a revenue increase of just over $11 million during the 2017 FY with net profits of $5.3 million.