NASHVILLE — James Franklin got this one right.
Like Coach Poach says, some players — maybe even most players — commit to the coach and not the school during the recruiting process. It’s sad, but true.
That is Franklin’s best defense for the end-around run by three players that previously had made public verbal commitments to Vanderbilt but instead are bound for Penn State, where he now coaches.
It’s easy to criticize Franklin but the blame is at least partially misplaced. The problem lies with the players and their advisors — be it family, high school coach or a talent broker — who fall under the spell of a slick-talking recruiter when they should be looking at the overall football program and the university.
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