SEC

Vanderbilt’s Franklin says player dismissals haven’t affected recruiting

Updated: 2013-07-18T19:31:58Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

— Vanderbilt coach James Franklin wouldn’t comment Thursday at SEC Media Days about the four football players who were recently dismissed from the team amid a a police investigation into alleged sex crimes at a campus dormitory.

“I cannot get into any of the details,” Franklin said.

But when asked whether his staff has had to change its recruiting approach because of the investigation, Franklin was willing to elaborate on why they haven’t had to.

“We’ve been very upfront and honest with people, giving them the information that they needed to have,” Franklin said. “Then from that point on, you know, people know who we are. They know what we represent. People have been unbelievably supportive, and I think that shows in the type of success that we’re having.”

Vanderbilt has already secured 14 verbal commitments from the Class of 2014, three of whom are four-star prospects according to Rivals.com. The Commodores signed the nation’s 24th-best class last February following a breakthrough 2012 campaign that saw them go 9-4 and reach their second consecutive bowl game for the first time in program history.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com or call 816-234-4489. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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