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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Penn State flips two Vandy commits

By Tom VanHaaren

James Franklin is not wasting time as head coach of Penn State. The boisterous coach said at his introduction press conference that he would dominate the region in recruiting and he is already off to a great start.

Three-star tight end Chance Sorrell (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and three-star defensive end Lloyd Tubman (Louisville, Ky./Seneca) switched their commitments from Vanderbilt to Penn State Saturday night.

“Me and my family had been discussing opening things back up after seeing Coach Franklin go, just because he’s such a great coach. I spoke with Coach Franklin and he said they want me at Penn State and they wanted me to commit,” said Sorrell, after speaking with Franklin. “And I said ‘Yes coach, I would love to play for you.’ I wouldn’t rather play for any other coach.”

When Sorrell says he wouldn’t want to play for another coach, he means it. He committed to Franklin essentially sight unseen with regards to what Penn State has to offer.

Sorrell took a visit as a basketball recruit a few years ago, but has yet to visit as a football prospect. He plans to take his official visit in the coming weeks, and is confident he will like what he sees.

Sorrell is listed as a tight end, but Franklin is recruiting the 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect as an offensive tackle. The option to play tight end might be there, but tackle is the first spot for which he is being recruited.

As for Tubman, the 6-foot-4, 216-pound prospect also felt his relationship with Franklin was worth following to State College.

"I believe in Coach James Franklin's vision and what he is selling," Tubman said. "I know he's going to develop me to my full potential."

Franklin’s busy Saturday now has Penn State up to 21 commitments in its 2014 class.