James Franklin was introduced as Penn State’s new head coach at a press conference on Saturday where he told the crowd of reporters that Penn State was his dream job. Then, he proceeded to make a few recruiting promises which including “dominating the state” and “dominating the region”.
But apparently, that promise is for future recruiting classes. Because according to The Tennessean, Franklin’s strategy for this recruiting class is taking as many of Vanderbilt’s commitments with him to Penn State.
On Saturday morning, Vanderbilt had 20 commitments and a 2014 football recruiting class that was ranked in the top 25 in the country.
By Sunday night, a day after coach James Franklin left for Penn State, the Commodores had what one recruiting site called three solid commitments.
It’s not uncommon for schools to lose recruits when a coach leaves, but what’s happening to Vanderbilt 23 days before signing day is not normal.
Two Vanderbilt commitments now say they are going to Penn State, and Franklin has offered scholarships to at least six others.
While what you’ve just read says up to 8 recruits, Jesse Johnson of VandySports.com makes the case that Franklin is out to pretty much take the entire class.
“I’ve never seen it in this volume, quite this fast, of someone trying to pillage their own commitment class for their new job,” said Jesse Johnson of Rivals recruiting siteVandySports.com.
“Normally, you’re going to have staffs take some kids. But I don’t think I’ve seen many cases where it seems like the entire class is trying to be taken to the next job.”
While we’re discussing James Franklin essentially try to screw his old employer, let’s not forget that how pretty your wife is holds weight with him.