Recruits weigh in on Franklin's recruiting pitch
- Published: Thursday, 09 August 2012 15:36
- by Doug Samuels
There has been plenty of buzz the past year or so about the success that Franklin and his staff have had out on the recruiting trail, beating out other SEC schools like Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina for recruits.
Already the staff has tied up 16 commitments for the 2013 class, as well as two on board already for the 2014 class.
The bottom line is that with the program's recent success, Vanderbilt has no shortage of things to sell. They're not only a program on the rise in the SEC, but when you graduate from there you're getting a degree that rivals any degree in the nation. The Sporting News' Brian McLaughlin caught up with a few recruits to get some insight about the recruiting pitch that was used to get them on board.
Gerald Perry, a receiver out of the Memphis area explained "When I was being recruited, one of the things that Coach Franklin said to me was I could go to another college and get compared to another person who already succeeded at that school, or I can come to Vandy and make my own legacy."
One of their 2014 commitments, K.J. Cara-Samuels (whose older brother is already on the roster as a quarterback) said that Vandy is a special place, with a unique family atmosphere that exists between the coaches and the players.
“Coach Franklin is down to earth and I know he will never lie to me. That’s the thing I have learned from my brother through his time there. No matter what, the coaches and players are a family and to be a family you must be honest with each other. I don’t think many places are like that in college football.”
Anyone that's familiar with Coach Franklin (or that have watched any one of their many video's featured here on The Scoop) knows that he is a high energy guy, which is another aspect of the program that has struck a chord with recruits.
“They say Vandy is the Harvard of the South. Most people don’t think of Vandy as a great football program but respect the academics—but they go hand in hand. It’s a team on the rise. I can’t say enough about Coach Franklin. He’s energy all day, 24-7.”