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QB sticking with SEC pledge

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K.J. Carta-Samuels committed to Vanderbilt in July. He has never wavered or reconsidered that pledge and after a recent visit back to Nashville, it doesn't look like the four-star quarterback is going anywhere.
"I went about three weeks ago, it wasn't for the spring game because that was this weekend, but they did scrimmage when I was there," Carta-Samuels said.
"That trip was awesome. It really gave me a good reminder on why I'm committed there and why I love that place and why I want that place to be my next home.
"I really love the family environment. I got to meet the players and I've become friends with most of them including some freshmen linemen I'll have blocking for me hopefully when I'm there."
What also stands out about Vanderbilt to Carta-Samuels and many other prospects is the coaching staff.
The San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep quarterback whose brother, Austyn, plays for the Commodores said he's established a great relationship with coach James Franklin and his assistants.
Other programs continue to push Carta-Samuels to visit and possibly rethink his commitment but the four-star has said numerous times as long as there are no significant coaching changes at Vanderbilt he doesn't seem himself reneging on his pledge.
"The coaches, I love the coaches," Carta-Samuels said.
"That's a really big point why I'm sticking there because of what they've done and who they are as people. Just the entire city, everything I'm looking for in a college is right there."
Programs from across the country have continued to pursue the 6-foot-3, 218-pound prospect who's rated as the ninth-best pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class by Rivals.com but to no avail.
Carta-Samuels didn't get into specifics about which teams have been involved and he appreciates the interest but said his commitment to Vanderbilt, especially after this latest visit, is firm.
"There are still a couple schools still sending me letters and all that," Carta-Samuels said. "There is definitely some recruiting going on but I'm still with Vandy so I'm taking it easy right now. I'm good. I'm comfortable where I'm at."
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