Recruiting expert says Vanderbilt still has time - WKRN News 2

Recruiting expert says Vanderbilt still has time

Posted: Updated: Jan 21, 2014 09:34 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Ten days ago, Vanderbilt football had 22 commitments. Since then, they lost their head coach and 14 future Commodores.

James Franklin announced his departure for Penn State on January 11. By January 20, eight commits reopened their recruitment, one has committed to Tennessee and five others said they will follow Franklin to Penn State.

The sequence of events has left many Vanderbilt fans upset and 247Sports national recruiting analyst Barton Simmons says it's understandable.

"I can't remember a class being pummeled the way this Vanderbilt class is," Simmons says. "It's hard not to hold a grudge if you are on the Vanderbilt side of things."

Vanderbilt hired Derek Mason to replace Franklin on January 17, leaving him just over two weeks to recruit before National Signing Day. However, fans don't need to panic.

"As far as traditionally on the recruiting trail, it's absolutely not too late," says Simmons. "Every year we see late coaching changes. There is a lot of optimism right now that he can make some big splashes late in the game."

He continued, "Derek Mason is clearly taking the approach of 'We're only going to take he right guys.' The first step he took was making sure that the kids that were committed are the kids he wants committed. I think they will take the approach that they are going to be selective in the guys they get. Get the right guys instead of just getting bodies."

With two weekends for official visits left before signing day, Mason has his work cut out for him. However, fans can rest assured that Mason has a plan.

"I understand what college football's about," Mason said at his introductory press conference. "It's about winning and you hired a winner, that's for sure. SEC East title here we come."

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