Recruits Flipping Out Over Franklin

Two former Vandy commits are now headed to Penn State for the Class of 2014. Other offers are out.

James Franklin talked about dominating recruiting numerous times during his introductory news conference as Penn State coach Saturday. The former Vanderbilt coach didn't take long to start doing it.

PSU added its 20th and 21st verbal commitments to the Class of 2014 late Saturday night, as Kentucky defensive end Lloyd Tubman and Ohio offensive tackle Chance Sorrell flipped their pledges from Vanderbilt to the Lions

"I have officially opened up my recruitment and I have officially committed to Penn State University! We are…Penn State!" Sorrell tweeted late Saturday night. He later tweeted to fans that at a crossroads of his football career, Franklin had his back, which led to his decision to flip.

Tubman found himself in a similar boat: committed to a school without the man he desired to lead him. So he, too, switched course, opting for blue and white after re-opening his recruitment Saturday. Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Louisville had also offered.

"I'm shutting down my recruitment. Penn State is the university for me," Tubman said in an interview with FOS. He will major in computer engineering.

"Since I met Coach Franklin for the first time, his vision and how he wants to go about education and students; I bought into what he was selling me. I decided that I wanted to play my collegiate sport under him and learn from him."

Tubman was not sure whether Vanderbilt D-line coach Sean Spencer, longtime Penn State D-line coach Larry Johnson or perhaps someone else would guide him at University Park. It didn't much matter.

"I trust Coach Franklin to know he will never put me in a bad position, and I know I will learn from whoever my position coach is," he said.

Franklin has wasted no time working the phones since taking over State's program. Elsewhere Saturday night, he offered another Vanderbilt commit, three-star corner Amani Oruwariye, along with Class of 2015 Cincinnati Winston Woods three-star tight end George Brown.

Also, Class of 2014 safety Emmanuel Smith and Class of 2015 linebacker Joshua Smith said they both received offers. The brothers hail from Tennessee.


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