New Penn State head coach James Franklin has wasted no time offering and gauging the interest his former Vanderbilt commitments have in his new program. Three former pledges have already flipped to Penn State, and at least one other is contemplating a visit.
Tampa (Fla.) Gaither three-star cornerback Amani Oruwariye remains committed to Vanderbilt, but has begun gauging interest in other programs since Franklin headed north. As one of a handful of Commodore verbals Franklin offered shortly after an introductory news conference at Beaver Stadium Saturday, the corner is already considering the Lions.
"It's limited time [until Signing Day Feb. 5], so it's kind of stressful," Oruwariye said. "But I'm not too stressed. I'm talking to most of the coaches, and then me, my mom and my [high school] coaches are discussing things.
"Penn State offered me the night Coach Franklin took over, and I talked to him that night and then the day after. He said that they wanted me there, and right now they have all this stuff to offer."
Oruwariye (pronounced Oh-roo-R-ee) committed to Franklin and Vanderbilt in mid-October, passing over 19 reportered offers amid a season in which he finished with 47 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass break-ups. Many of those same schools are now contacting him again.
The corner said Nebraska, Rutgers, TCU, Penn State and UCF highlight a list of schools that have reached out to him and Cowboys head coach Jason Stokes since Franklin left, and as of Monday, he said they were all showing the same amount of interest.
Of course, each is requesting an official visit, and Oruwariye has all five remaining. But with just three weekends remaining before Signing Day, he will have to pick and choose which schools to visit. He added he would prefer to visit Penn State this weekend, but has yet to officially put anything in motion. The Lions are already slated to host current verbal commits Jason Cabinda and Troy Vincent this weekend, and others could visit, as well.
"Coach Franklin reaching out to me means I'm a valuable player to them, and I like that. The same goes for the other schools," Oruwariye said. "I want to go somewhere with a family atmosphere and somewhere I'm comfortable for the next four years. Playing time is an important factor, too."