According to a report from 247 Sports, four-star QB prospect K.J. Carta-Samuels has back off from his commitment to the Vanderbilt Commodores following the departure of head coach James Franklin to the Penn State Nittany Lions.
If that last name sounds familiar, yes, Carta-Samuels is the younger brother of this past season’s Vandy starter, Austyn Carta-Samuels.
In speaking to 247, Carta-Samuels said that there’s a lot of schools that he still wants to visit, and that Vanderbilt is not completely out of play, but at this point they’re just on the list.
“I’ve decommitted and I’m starting over,” Carta-Samuels said of his recruitment. “I’ve got to get serious with schools that I want to visit and schools that I would consider. Vanderbilt is just a choice now. It’s still a place I can see myself going but I’ve got to look around.”
And of course, when he was asked about which other schools might peak some of his interest, Penn State was mentioned as a possible destination, and he has indeed talked to Coach Franklin.
“I have an eye out for UCLA, I’ve been talking to Boise State a little bit. I could consider a couple of schools. Penn State, I talked to Coach Franklin last night and he told me about Penn State. Tennessee, I want to get in contact with USC to see what their QB situation is like. I want to see what schools want a quarterback or who has too many and doesn’t need one.”
In the past 24 hours since Franklin was introduced as the new Penn State head coach, Vanderbilt has been taking major hits in the recruiting department.