January 10th, 2014 09:00 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
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Tags: Former Longhorn, Gators, Rivals, SEC, South Carolina
Multiple reports have Franklin leaving Vanderbilt to become the head coach at Penn State. That would be a tremendous blow to Vanderbilt on the recruiting trail, where Franklin has made the Commodores relevant for the first time since recruiting coverage became a thing.
Vanderbilt commitments have already begun hearing from schools ready to take advantage of the idea of Franklin bolting for Penn State. And those prospects appear to be listening.
Defensive tackle Michael Sawyers from Ensworth School in Nashville, Tenn., is one of those prospects. He told Rivals.com he plans to visit Ole Miss and Texas and is considering trips to Tennessee and Notre Dame.
“I was thinking Vanderbilt was more of a long-term thing with Coach Franklin,” said Sawyers, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 17 defensive tackle by Rivals. “That’s kind of getting to me right now. I’m still committed to Vanderbilt and I feel like if we keep this class together we can still be good, but I’ve just decided that I’m going to take a couple of official visits and see how things play out.”
It will be interesting to see how Trent Sherfield’s recruitment plays out. The athlete from Danville (Ill.) High School told 247Sports on Thursday he planned to open his recruitment after hearing the reports about Franklin’s departue.
Vanderbilt could still be in play for Sherfield, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 45 safety by 247Sports.
Other Vanderbilt commitments to watch as Franklin’s status remains in question: defensive backs Kyle Gibson from Seffner, Fla., and Emmanuel Smith from Murfreesboro, Tenn., and running back Mikale Wilbon from Chicago.
All three prospects are highly-touted and would have several options if they decided to look at other schools.
One key prospect Vanderbilt can feel good about is quarterback KJ Carta-Samuels from San Jose, Calif. The younger brother of former Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels reaffirmed his commitment – at least for now – to Vanderbilt.
I love Vanderbilt. I love Coach. I committed to both. If that changes I just need to think things over. I’m not turning my back on either.
— KJ Carta-Samuels #10 (@KJCS14) January 9, 2014
Gators add Tabor, lose Lammons
Florida received good news Thursday when cornerback Jalen Tabor from Friendship Christian Academy in Washington, D.C., announced he will enroll at Florida next week.
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