In the immediate aftermath of James Franklin's move from Vanderbilt to Penn State, four-star safety Trent Sherfield made himself open to other schools. As the days have passed, however, his Vanderbilt commitment has strengthened.
"I wish (Franklin) the best, and I think I'll stick with being a Commodore," Sherfield said Sunday evening.
Before the coaching change, Sherfield had an official visit scheduled to Vanderbilt for the weekend of Jan. 24. Although the new staff has not been named in Nashville, Sherfield is going ahead with those visit plans. He will look to talk with people at the university more about that in the coming two weeks.
"I actually talked to Coach (Ricky) Rahne," Sherfield said, "But all he told me was that Coach Franklin was leaving and he was going to be off his phone for the rest of the day. That was really the only coach I have talked to."
The departure of Franklin has no doubt changed Sherfield's expectations for his future at Vanderbilt, but he maintains his commitment to the Commodores.
"It affected me a lot," Sherfield said. "When I first went there I met James Franklin and he had a major affect on me committing to the schools. When I got there, though, I liked the school. I liked the coaching staff as well, but I liked all the players and the type of program it is."
Without a coaching staff in place in Nashville, though, Sherfield has not closed out other schools showing interest.
"I've talked to Indiana a few times, and Illinois as well," he said. "Indiana had wanted me to come visit next week, but I'll be in Nashville. When I had sat down and talked with my mom and stepdad, they said they really didn't know how they felt about that. I'll just have my parents handle my recruitment."
Sherfield said he has not heard from Franklin since he took the job at Penn State, and does not have any interest in the Nittany Lions at this time.
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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