published Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Herndon sticking with Vanderbilt

By the time James Franklin left Vanderbilt to take the Penn State coaching job Saturday, Tre Herndon already knew how that move would affect his commitment to the Commodores.

It wouldn't.

The East Hamilton cornerback, who committed to Vanderbilt last summer, already had sat down with his family to discuss what he would do if Franklin was no longer heading the program.

"When all the rumors started that Coach Franklin might not be there, we talked about whether I would reopen my recruitment," Herndon said. "But after talking it over with my parents, I decided I would stay with my commitment to Vanderbilt because of all they offer.

"I have faith that the athletic director will find a really good coach to take over and there's a lot of talent already there, so I still feel good about the program."

While several of Vandy's current commitments either decommitted or said they would at least take other visits following the announcement of Franklin's departure, Herndon said his only trip will be the planned official visit to Vanderbilt on Jan. 24.

The two-time all-state selection said he will try to talk to other recruits about remaining committed but ultimately will leave those decisions to each individual player.

"I'm not mad at Coach Franklin. I understand that's where he's from and that was his dream job," Herndon said. "Hopefully the other guys will still sign, and I'll talk to them as much as I can, but it's up to those guys and whatever they feel is best for them.

"I'll admit I'm a little worried about how many guys stay committed. We have a group chat where all the recruits can talk to each other, and several guys don't seem to be nearly as excited now."

Contact Stephen Hargis at or 423-757-6293.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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