April 19th, 2014

Vandy’s Franklin Pushes Recruit To Ohio State

by ZachBingham

Win at all costs.

That’s the mindset that most NCAA coaches have, especially when it comes to in-state rivals. 

Reports out of the Vanderbilt war room last Wednesday unveiled some interesting information regarding 5-star safety, Vonn Bell, from Rossville, Georgia.

Bell had narrowed down his top three teams to Tennessee, Ohio State and Alabama. Head coach James Franklin figured out that essentially the Commodores were off of Bell’s list so he did the best he could to steer him away from the Big Orange Nation.

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Which brings up a question… 

Recruiting is all about selling. Selling your school. Selling your football program. Selling your services. 

But is it Fair or Foul to sell against other schools?

The goal is to convince players to come help your team win football games. It's not to bash other programs and give reasons why a player shouldn’t go here or there. In this case, Franklin made an off the cuff comment, not degrading the Vols, but bolstering an out of conference school.

What made this more interesting was reports first came out on signing day via twitter that Bell was headed to Knoxville. Once he chose the Buckeyes, tons of UT fans were in disbelief.

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And on top of it all, from comments by head coach Butch Jones, you can tell that the Vols really wanted Bell.

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No one besides Bell knows exactly what kind of impact Franklin’s comments had on his final decision but one thing is for sure, it makes the Vandy-Tennessee rivalry grow even more.

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